Water­front Rd ex­ten­sion opened to traf­fic

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - HAMISH MACLEAN hamish.maclean@odt.co.nz

TRAF­FIC is now us­ing the $600,000 Water­front Rd ex­ten­sion at Oamaru Har­bour.

But Waitaki Dis­trict Coun­cil road­ing man­ager Michael Voss said putting the fin­ish­ing touches on the project de­pended on the weather.

‘‘It’s all look­ing pretty good. It’s just the fi­nal tidy­up and road mark­ing,’’ he said.

From the out­set the coun­cil has said cre­at­ing the ex­ten­sion and dis­es­tab­lish­ing the Arun and Tyne St in­ter­sec­tion, in­cluded in the coun­cil’s 2017­18 an­nual plan, was ‘‘to ad­dress a po­ten­tial traf­fic con­flict be­tween new ve­hi­cle ac­cess be­ing con­structed by McKeown Group to Arun St and the Har­bourview Rest Home’’.

But Mr Voss said there were sev­eral rea­sons the road re­align­ment was im­por­tant.

‘‘It all came to­gether quite nicely, in the fact that that in­ter­sec­tion up there was quite prob­lem­atic for heavy ve­hi­cles com­ing out,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s one of the pur­poses of the road re­align­ment. It has ac­tu­ally made that a heck of a lot bet­ter. We were get­ting a lot more vis­i­tors, a lot more camper vans.’’

The road re­align­ment would also link up with the planned McKeown Group Ltd re­de­vel­op­ment at the har­bour.

‘‘They will be join­ing on to our road com­ing out of the back and they will be clos­ing off ac­cess to the water­front, the Es­planade.’’

The re­align­ment is also needed to cre­ate two Oamaru Har­bour sites the coun­cil has ad­ver­tised as avail­able for de­vel­op­ers to bring ac­com­mo­da­tion to the area.

The pro­posed water­front 7400sq m Es­planade Rd site re­quires McKeown Group to shift its oper­a­tions. The coun­cil ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est doc­u­ments said the site would be cleared be­fore June 2019.

And the new Water­front Rd ex­ten­sion now forms the bound­ary of a 6200sq m Tyne St site, for which the coun­cil iden­ti­fied a pre­ferred de­vel­oper late last year.

Coun­cil prop­erty man­ager Re­nee Julius said this week the coun­cil would ‘‘very soon’’ re­lease de­tails about the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment for the Tyne St site.


Ve­hi­cles al­lowed . . . The $600,000 Water­front Rd ex­ten­sion in Oamaru Har­bour is now open to traf­fic. Fin­ish­ing touches will be com­pleted when the weather al­lows.

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