Bypass plans move closer, slowly

NICOLE SHARP
Last updated 14:11 07/02/2014

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The planned Edendale Bypass on State Highway 1 remains a to-do for the NZ Transport Agency.

The topic has been discussed for the past five years but is slowly moving closer to reality.

A need for the bypass was highlighted in the NZTA national land transport programme 2009-2012, with the plan to have it completed by 2012.

There had been $5.8 million allocated to improvements of SH1, which included the construction of the Edendale Bypass, as part of the Government's national land transport fund that was put in place to pay for the NZTA's planned work on Southland roads.

The money was also allocated for several new passing lanes on SH1.

NZTA Otago-Southland highways manager Ian Duncan said the project was expected to be put forward for design funding in the organisation's 2014-2015 highway programme.

"The programme would be released in either June or July of this year," he said.

The design stage of the project involved multiple things involved with planning and allocating space for the bypass.

NZTA would have to acquire land as well as consult with the community to start the design stage, Mr Duncan said.

Once that process was completed, a detailed design would be developed before a contractor could be selected.

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