Otago Daily Times

Un­der­pass al­most ready


- MARK PRICE mark.price@odt.co.nz New Zealand · Albert Town · Queenstown · Wanaka

THE new $1.5 mil­lion State High­way 84 un­der­pass at the en­trance to Wanaka will be ready for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans by the end of the month.

The un­der­pass con­nects Al­bert Town with Wanaka and the new Three Parks com­mer­cial cen­tre.

NZ Transport Agency senior project manager Simon Un­der­wood said this week the agency paid two­thirds of the cost of the un­der­pass, and the re­main­der was paid by the Queen­stown Lakes District Council.

The work in­volved not only the un­der­pass but also such things as ap­proach path­ways, drainage, light­ing and re­con­struc­tion of the high­way pave­ment over the top.

The un­der­pass is the first of a se­ries of cy­cle and pedestrian projects in Wanaka.

The council has awarded ten­ders for a

$1.2 mil­lion, 2.5km, sealed ‘‘shared path’’ along Aubrey Rd from An­der­son Rd to Gunn Rd.

It is ex­pected to be com­pleted by May 2021. Also, the de­sign has been com­pleted for an 800m shared path along Bal­lan­tyne Rd be­tween Golf Course Rd and Sir Tim Wal­lis Dr.

Ten­ders will go out this month, with constructi­on to be­gin next year.

An­other 1.3km shared path along An­der­son Rd has been de­ferred from this fi­nan­cial year be­cause of the need to lay a new wa­ter pipe­line along the route.

A short sec­tion of cy­cle­way is also planned to con­nect the busi­ness area of Al­bert Town and the bridge across the Clutha River.

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