Un­der­pass con­sid­ered

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

A per­ma­nent speed change to a dan­ger­ous Queen­stown in­ter­sec­tion has been ap­proved and op­tions for a safer by­pass are now of­fi­cially be­ing con­sid­ered.

The in­ter­sec­tion is where State High­way 6 meets Tucker Beach Rd, where hun­dreds of peo­ple live in the Quail Rise and neigh­bour­ing sub­di­vi­sions.

The NZ Trans­port Agency (NZTA) has agreed to re­duce the 100kmh speed limit to 80kmh on SH6 from Stalker Rd to Hard­ware Lane, in Frank­ton. The per­ma­nent change was due to take place on Tuesday.

NZTA south­ern busi­ness unit man­ager Ian Dun­can said ‘‘sig­nif­i­cant’’ safety im­prove­ments were on the way.

The agency was also look­ing into cre­at­ing a by­pass for Tucker Beach Rd and SH6 in­ter­sec­tion un­der Sho­tover River Bridge.

A by­pass un­der the bridge was the pre­ferred op­tion for cre­at­ing fur­ther safety im­prove­ments, Dun­can said.

‘‘The next mile­stone for this op­tion will be con­fir­ma­tion of fund­ing for the busi­ness case, tar­geted for July; sub­ject to sat­is­fac­tory progress through the busi­ness case and de­sign stage.’’

NZTA could be in a po­si­tion to ten­der for con­struc­tion work in Oc­to­ber this year.

Eigh­teen crashes were re­ported on the sec­tion of SH6 be­tween 2011 and 2016 – three were se­ri­ous and 13 mi­nor.

Tucker Beach res­i­dents and the wider com­mu­nity had raised con­cerns about the safety of the in­ter­sec­tion and had over 170 sub­mis­sions to NZTA in March in favour of low­er­ing the speed limit.

Quail Rise res­i­dent Terri An­der­son said the speed change was a step in the right di­rec­tion.

‘‘It’s great news but there are still other parts of the high way where it [speed change] would help.’’

Lake Hayes Es­tate res­i­dents also had sub­mit­ted a pe­ti­tion to NZTA to elon­gate the 80kmh speed limit zone to Crown Range turn off.

‘‘There’s still room for work­ing with peo­ple and see­ing what our needs are,’’ An­der­son said.

DAVID WETHEY

The speed limit at the SH6 and Tucker Beach Rd in­ter­sec­tion was low­ered from 100kmh to 80kmh.

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