Bridge wait ‘rough’ for motorists
A bid to improve traffic queues during the construction of a $22 million Queenstown bridge only made things worse.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) on Monday readjusted the traffic light signals for the two-lane Kawarau Falls Bridge to ease pressure for cars stuck in ‘‘heavy traffic’’ travelling towards the Remarkables ski field.
The change created a bigger queue on the opposite side of the bridge.
NZTA’s senior projects manager Phil Dowsett said the traffic centre changed the signal timing, causing delays for drivers headed to Queenstown on Wednesday last week.
‘‘This was done with the best of intentions, but unfortunately resulted in unacceptably long traffic queues in the other direction,’’ he said.
The agency was trying to improve the traffic flow during one of Queenstown’s busiest times, Dowsett said.
The signals would receive a new controller device to make the lights more responsive to