Boult opens new road with Jag


Most may­ors use scis­sors to cut the rib­bon. Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult uses a 1955 Jaguar.

Boult and wife Karen be­came the first peo­ple to drive Queen­stown’s long-awaited Hawthorne Dr on Thurs­day morn­ing in a bor­rowed Jaguar XK150S, declar­ing the first stage of the road of­fi­cially open.

He was ea­ger to point out the coun­cil had kept its prom­ise of open­ing the road be­fore ski sea­son opened ‘‘prop­erly’’. The first ski field opened two weeks ago.

It is ex­pected use of the road will di­vert traf­fic from the con­gested BP round­about, where SH6 meets Frank­ton Rd.

The 2km stretch of road runs from the Re­mark­ables Park shop­ping area in Frank­ton, around the east­ern end of the Queen­stown Air­port run­way and joins SH6 via Glenda Dr, in the Frank­ton in­dus­trial area.

The full length of the road is pro­jected to be com­pleted once it is con­nected with SH6 via the Pak n Save round­about in De­cem­ber.

Boult said 60 staff had clocked up 48,000 man hours build­ing the $22 mil­lion road.

The road would make a ‘‘huge’’ dif­fer­ence to traf­fic prob­lems in Frank­ton. How­ever, it was ‘‘just one part of the puzzle,’’ he said.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency south­ern di­rec­tor Jim Har­land said the vi­brant Queen­stown com­mu­nity had ‘‘Auck­land con­ges­tion prob­lems with a lower ratepayer base’’.

Sev­eral de­vel­op­ments are in the pipe­line to ease at-times crip­pling con­ges­tion in the re­sort.

The Queen­stown Air­port be­gan its new Park and Ride ser­vice si­mul­ta­ne­ously on Thurs­day, to clear parked cars from Kawa­rau Rd and res­i­den­tial ar­eas of Frank­ton.

The coun­cil and NZTA have re­cently com­mit­ted to mov­ing il­le­gally parked ve­hi­cles off SH6 near the air­port.

Traf­fic has also started op­er­at­ing on a new two-laned sec­tion of Frank­ton Rd, at the BP round­about.

The $750,000 NZTA project was a small but sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to a wider im­prove­ment pro­gramme to get traf­fic mov­ing smoothly in the Frank­ton area and to re­duce de­lays for driv­ers, an agency spokesman said.

A new pub­lic trans­port sys­tem with $2 bus rides is sched­uled to start op­er­at­ing within three months and the new two-laned bridge at Kawa­rau Falls is ex­pected to open in De­cem­ber.


Queen­stown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult and wife Karen of­fi­cially opened Hawthorne Dr in Frank­ton.

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