Road works & closures

Please keep a lookout for these and take care when traveling through work sites. Below are some of the roads and bridges in the District which are currently subject to work.

Roads

Location

Road works & Restrictions

Fraser Road, Taramoa

Contractors will be installing an underpass on Fraser Road, Taramoa, starting next week.

The road will be closed from 4 July to 17 July while this work happens. Residents will be able to access their property.

A detour for through traffic will be available via Riverton Wallacetown Highway, Taramoa Road and Kennedy Road.

Palmerston Street and Lucknow Street, Riverton

Two sections of road in Riverton will be closed on Wednesday 6 July to allow contractors to clear roadside ditches.

The closed sections of road will be: the no exit section of Palmerston Street beyond Downing Street from 9am to 12pm, and Lucknow Street from Bath Road to 31 Pitt Street between 12pm and 5.30pm.

A detour will not be available on Lucknow Street and Palmerston Street will be closed to normal traffic. Residents and emergency vehicles will still have access.

Colac Bay Foreshore Road

Colac Bay Foreshore Road will be temporarily closed to normal traffic east of Colac Bay Road between the hours of 7am and 6pm from Monday 4 July until Friday 21 of July to enable maintenance to the seawall. Please note, sections of Colac Bay Foreshore Road will be under manual traffic control during this work. A detour will not be available and only affected residents will be allowed access during the closure. Access to the boat ramp will remain open. It will be an offence for non-resident vehicles to use the road during the period of closure without the prior written approval of Southland District Council's group manager infrastructure and environmental services.

 Whitecoomb Road

Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is given that Council proposes to close Whitecoomb Road from Piano Flat Road to Canton Road to normal traffic between 8.00am on Thursday 21 July until 5.00pm on Sunday 24 July 2022. The purpose of the closure is to enable the Defence Force to carry out live fire exercises. A detour will not be available. Any person objecting to the proposal should lodge notice at the office of the Southland District Council at 15 Forth Street, Invercargill of his/her objection and grounds thereof in writing before 5pm Friday 15 July 2022.

Old Snow Pole Track

Pursuant to the Section 342(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 1974 and clause 13 of the Tenth Schedule, notice is given that Council will temporary close and prohibit traffic using that section of road commencing at the point where Old Snow Pole Track joins Canton Road and continuing along that section of Old Snow Pole Track to the boundary of the Southland District Council with the Central Otago District Council for the period 3 June 2022 to 24 October 2022 owing to climatic conditions because the use of that section of road may cause damage to the road.

That prohibition shall apply to all motor vehicular traffic such that it will be an offence for any unauthorised vehicle to use the above described section of road during the period of prohibition. Authorised vehicles shall be those belonging to adjacent run holders and those to whom written authorisation has been given after special application to Council.

Surrey Street, Orepuki

Pursuant to the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965, notice is given that Council will close Surrey Street, Orepuki from Dudley Street to Dover Street West to through traffic between 7am Friday July 01 until 7pm Sunday 31 July 2022. The purpose of the closure is to enable the renewal of the stormwater drain.
A detour will not be available but residents of affected properties will be provided with access at all times. It will be an offence for vehicles to use the road during the period of closure without the prior written approval of the Group Manager Infrastructure & Environmental Services.

Two Chain Road Riversdale

Two Chain Road has reopened following work on improvements to the intersection of Two Chain and Riversdale Waikaia Roads.
Please note that the layout of the intersection has changed, and new signage has been added. Please take care.

Waimatuku Flat Road

Southland District Council has fixed restrictions of axle 1000kg and gross 3500kg weight limits for heavy motor vehicles on Waimatuku Flat Road.

The above limits apply to ‘through’ heavy traffic movements only from 27 January 2022. Limited heavy vehicle movements for the operation of farms situated on Waimauku Flat Road will still be permitted.

The restriction is necessary to protect Waimatuku Flat Road from excessive damage due to heavy motor vehicles using this road as a detour for the weight-restricted bridge on Argyle Otahuti Road (the railway overbridge situated in Waianiwa). An appropriate detour will be signed for heavy vehicles via Waianiwa Oporo Road, Oporo Flat Road and Lincoln Road.

Reilly Road, Orepuki

Reilly Road, Orepuki, has been closed because of a collapsed culvert.
The road is closed from State Highway 99 at both ends and will only be open to residents.
It is not certain when the culvert will be replaced.

Restricted access to Dunsdale Recreation Reserve, Hokonui Forest Conservation Area

From 1 May 2022 till 30 September, the gate leading up to the Dunsdale forestry road will be closed. There will be no public entry into the Dunsdale Recreation Reserve and the Hokonui Forest Conservation Area due to the annual tree harvesting in Dunsdale forest. These gates are normally closed over winter but, until 2025, the gate into the forestry roads that lead to the picnic area will also be closed for your safety. Everyone will be welcomed back in the spring time.

Colac Foreshore Road, Colac Bay

A section of this road has been closed to traffic for safety reasons due to continued damage from coastal erosion. Alternative access to the Colac Bay township is available via Colac Bay Rd, which runs off State Highway 99.

Bridges

Location

Road works & Restrictions

Benmore Road Bridge

The bridge over the Oreti river has been demolished.

Waianiwa rail overbridge

A structural assessment of the Waianiwa rail overbridge on Argyle Otahuti Road indicates the structure is nearing the end of its life. To prolong the life of the bridge until it can be replaced, Southland District Council is posting a 3,500kg weight limit on it, which means it can be used by light vehicles only.

Private vehicles up to the size of a ute and trailer will still be able to cross the bridge safely.

Signage advising of the posting will be installed next week.

A detour for heavier vehicles is available via Waianiwa Oporo Road, Oporo Flat Road and Lincoln Road.

We expect these restrictions to remain in place until a new bridge can be constructed.

Although the overbridge was not previously posted it was earmarked for replacement within the next 10 years. We anticipate bringing the replacement forward and completing this work within the next 24 months.

Thompson Crossing Road West bridge

Winton is closed

Welsh Road bridge

Winton is closed

Scott Road bridge

Hokonui is closed

McLeish Road bridge at Drummond

Is closed.

 

Contractors will be installing an underpass on Fraser Road, Taramoa, starting next week.

The road will be closed from 4 July to 17 July while this work happens. Residents will be able to access their property.

A detour for through traffic will be available via Riverton Wallacetown Highway, Taramoa Road and Kennedy Road.