Project's end just around the corner

JOHN EDENS IN QUEENSTOWN
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012

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A $400,000 road project that continues to slow traffic in central Queenstown is expected to be finished by the end of next week, the NZ Transport Agency said yesterday.

The agency started work last month on the busy central thoroughfare between the Ballarat St and Shotover St roundabouts, a stretch of road used by more than 15,000 vehicles a day.

Transport agency area manager John Jarvis said the main contract by Downer EDI would be completed by the end of next week.

Contractors were well advanced with the asphalting before starting road marking, reinstatement of two roundabouts and the concrete islands, he said.

Staff, including Dunedin-based contractors, hoped to complete all the work by Christmas.

"There's never an ideal time. The pavement needed quite a bit of material dug out. A lot of heavy trucks come in down the hill, which was quite badly rutted and cracked," he said.

The section from Queenstown District Court to the Millenium Hotel was resurfaced last year.

Contractors were unable to complete that job and the lower section of the highway at the same time because there would have been too much disruption.

Improvements to state highway intersections with Goldfield Heights and Hensman Rd have finished.

Work also continues to repair State Highway 6 about 16km south of Makarora after a large slip.

Two lanes of the highway were open. Engineers would assess whether the bluff needed rock-bolting and contractors aimed to get resealing done by Christmas.

Meanwhile, the agency was preparing to tender for improvement works costing up to $600,000 at the summit of the Lindis Pass.

More safety barriers, signage and improvements to bends would be carried out along the highway, which has a high crash rate.

The pass would be rebranded as an alpine highway to alert motorists to drive more carefully.

Queenstown Lakes District Council contractors have progressed work at McChesney Bridge, Arthur's Pt, and Chorus continues installation of a central business district ultra-fast broadband network in Queenstown.

Cables are being laid in Suburb St, Frankton Rd, Hallenstein St and Gorge Rd before town centre works start in February.

Businesses, schools and more than 2000 customers will be able to take advantage of superior broadband by winter.

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