Bridge wait ‘rough’ for mo­torists

Central Otago Mirror - - OUT & ABOUT - DASHA KUPRIENKO

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

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