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March, 2022

Construction of the long-awaited Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road
is gathering momentum with work to create a safer intersection at
Melbourne Street and Frankton Road planned to start in the coming
Queenstown Lakes District Council General Manager Property and
Infrastructure, and K Huanui a Thuna board member, Peter Hansby
said the 200m stretch of Frankton Road between Suburb Street and
Melbourne Street will become the gateway to the first stage of the new
From late March until late 2023, the K Huanui a Thuna crew will be
creating a new layout at the busy intersection of Frankton Road and
Melbourne Street. The initial work involves digging deep trenches to
upgrade the underground services. The road will then be widened and
rebuilt, creating a safer intersection and more space for buses,
pedestrians and cyclists, he said.
Two-way traffic on Frankton Road will be maintained during the work,
however the speed limit will drop to 30km/h and there will be changes
to the intersections at Dublin and Melbourne streets.
Mr Hansby acknowledged the disruption this might cause at peak times
but highlighted that the current lower traffic volumes provided an
opportunity to get work done before visitor numbers and people
returning to offices start to put pressure on the roads again.
If you drive into town regularly for work or play there are a few ways
to ease the disruption. For those who can, we suggest traveling a little
earlier or later than the morning peak, consider carpooling with friends
or neighbours, take public transport or get the heart rate up and hop on
your bike or walk, he said.
Another suggestion is to always check Google Maps before you go.
Weve arranged for the works to be included on the mapping tool to
help people get up-to-date info on the fastest route into town.
Mr Hansby said there would be a large number of workers on site while
this is underway and reminded drivers that we all have a part to play in
making sure they get home safely every night.
Please take care in this area  slow down, stay alert and follow all
signage in place. We know these disruptions can be challenging and
were grateful for the support, patience and open dialogue so far. The
construction underway is significant but please remember it wont last
forever and will be worth it, he said.
Other works as part of the Queenstown Town Centre Arterial Road
(Stage 1) continue on Suburb, Beetham and Ballarat streets.


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