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Ōtākou/Murihiku – Otago/Southland

 

Our investment of $1.1 billion in the land transport system during the next three years in Ōtākou/Murihiku – Otago/Southland is aimed at creating a safe transport system that reduces harm both to people and the environment and represents value for money. 

Ōtākou/Murihiku – Otago/Southland NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 1.1 billion forecast investment

Latest news

People performing a blessing at the opening of the Elles Road roundabout

New roundabout makes for a safer road

A new $5 million roundabout at the SH1-Elles Road intersection in south Invercargill opened in March 2022 increasing safety at this busy intersection.

Roundabout project completed Invercargill

Two men working on a steep cliff

Nevis Bluff work continues

Rock stabilisation on the Nevis Bluff has been completed with workers now concentrating on the six-monthly process of inspection and scaling.

Rock stabilisation passes mid-way point Nevis Bluff, Queenstown Lakes District, SH6

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Otago and Southland regions

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New SH8 Beaumont Bridge replacement

Work to replace an aging single-lane bridge on SH8 over the Clutha River / Mata-Au with a new two-lane bridge started in January 2022. The new bridge will cater for expected traffic growth, including heavier trucks, meet current earthquake standards and include a shared walking and cycling path.

New Beaumont Bridge

SH6/SH8B Cromwell intersection improvements

This roundabout is largely complete and temporarily open over for people to use until spring, when warmer temperatures will allow for final sealing. Work over winter includes building footpaths and preparing for spring planting and landscaping. This single lane $5 million roundabout will make a high-crash rate intersection safer for everyone. 

SH6/SH8B Cromwell intersection improvements

SH1 Palmerston to Hampden safety improvements

This project is in detailed design stage and involves a variety of safety measures along a 23km stretch of SH1 to reduce deaths and serious injuries.

SH1 Hampden to Palmerston safe network project

SH1 Kakanui flood protection improvements

SH1 20kms south of Oamaru will be raised a metre to reduce regular flood-related closures along the Kakanui River flood plain. This project will result in a more resilient highway network. It is currently in the resource consent phase.

SH1 Kakanui flood protection improvements

NZ Upgrade Programme (NZUP) Queenstown package

This is a package of initiatives to provide better access to public transport for Queenstown residents and visitors, as well as improving traffic flows through the CBD. Work is underway on building a new road layout to create the gateway to Stage 1 of the Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road to bypass the town centre.

NZ Upgrade Programme Queenstown package

SH94 Homer Tunnel safety improvements

Waka Kotahi is working with the Government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners on implementing $25 million in safety improvements both inside and at the eastern entrance to Homer Tunnel on the Milford Road. This work will make the operation and use of the tunnel safer for both road users and maintenance crews.

SH94 Homer Tunnel safety improvements

Maintenance update

Otago

Maintenance activity undertaken in Otago during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 5.0 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 11.3 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 215.9 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 2.9 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 8.9%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $47,298,242

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.1 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 13.4km
  • Resurfacing – 16.2km
  • Resealing – 263.6km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 11.1%
  • Total state highway spend – $44.2m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 142 KB]

Southland

Maintenance activity undertaken in Southland during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 6.4 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 4.2 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 118.4 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 2.9 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 8.1%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $30,988,529

Maintenance infographic 2021/22 [JPG, 1.1 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 13.4km
  • Resurfacing – 9.4km
  • Resealing – 93km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 7.1%
  • Total state highway spend – $28.1m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 141 KB]

Consultations

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation