Road works & closures

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



Road works & Restrictions

Riverton, Havlock Street watermain renewal

A major project to renew 1340 metres of water main down Havelock Street and Jetty Street began in May to upgrade Riverton’s water system, improving pressure and water quality for the township.
However, there were delays in the water main installation due to the discovery of an archaeological artefact and the Covid-19 lockdown. As a result, an archaeological authority from Heritage New Zealand was required to be obtained before work could proceed.
The archaeological authority has now been received and works are able to resume. The approximate timing for road closures on each block is:
- Downing Street to Lucknow Street: 6 December-13 December 2021
- Delhi Street to Green Lane: 14 December-23 December 2021
- Green Lane to Princess Street: 11 January-24 January 2022
- Princess Street to Napier Street: 25 January-15 February 2022

Residents will have access to their properties and footpaths will remain open during the work.

Bay Road, Riverton

Contractors SouthRoads will be carrying out slip repairs on Bay Road, Riverton, from 6 December-10 December 2021.
The work will include:
• clearing the slip face on Bay Road
• installing subsoil drainage on the south side of the right-of-way off Dallas Street
• reinstating the raised garden bed and footpath.
For the duration of the job Bay Road will be closed to a single lane near the intersection with Palmerston Street (State Highway 99). The southbound lane of Bay Road will remain open to all traffic and northbound traffic will be detoured via Brook, Church and Milton or Shrewsbury Streets. Please see the site map below.
Work is scheduled between Monday 6 December and Friday 10 December 2021 and the road will reopen overnight. The work is weather dependent so if there will be a delay we will let you know.
We thank you in advance for your patience during this work.

Tanner Road, Browns

Southroads will be undertaking work on Tanner Road Browns. The road will be closed on 22 November for one day with a detour in place.
The detour route for heading South is: Lime hills – Browns Rd, Mc Kenzie Rd, Hokonui School Rd, Tanner Road.
The detour for northbound traffic is: Limehills – Browns Rd, Henderson Rd, Shand Rd, Otapiri Gorge Rd, Browns Otapiri Rd.


Elder Drive, Tuatapere

Contractors will replace the water main that runs along Elder Drive, Tuatapere, from the water treatment plant in the Tuatapere Scenic Reserve to State Highway 99.
The water main runs down the centre of Elder Drive, which is very narrow, and as a result the road will need to be closed from 30 November 2021 until 26 January 2022. This means the Tuatapere Scenic Reserve and boat ramp will be inaccessible to vehicles while this work is being done.
However, we will reopen Elder Drive over the Christmas-New Year period, from 23 December until 9 January 2022. Full access to the reserve and boat ramp will be reinstated at this busy time, but users are asked to be mindful that parts of the road will be gravel and some will be sealed.
The Tuatapere domain walking track will remain open throughout the entire project.
This work is part of the government-funded three waters stimulus programme and involves replacing the old asbestos cement pipe with polyethylene pipe. The pipe is critical for Tuatapere’s drinking water supply and for firefighting purposes and we need to ensure the line is fit for purpose for the next 100 years.
We appreciate your co-operation while this important work is being done.
Riverton, Towack Street between Trotter Street and Morton Street
Residents are advised that Towack Street between Trotter Street and Morton Street will be closed for 3 days from 9/11/21 to 11/11/21
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.

Access to Dunsdale Recreation Reserve, Hokonui Forest Conservation Area

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve is now open for public access for the summer season. 

However, please note: Access restrictions are in place at Dunsdale Recreation Reserve and the Hokonui Forest Conservation Area because of tree harvesting operations have resumed in Dunsdale Forest.

For safety, public access to both areas via Dunsdale Forest will be closed, including at weekends, for a period of time between May and September until 2025.
The 2021 closure dates are June 1 to October 22.

Rocks Highway from Roy Street to Evelyn Street

Rocks Highway from Roy Street to Evelyn Street

Closed in stages between 22 September until 8 December 2021.

We are installing a new water main and closures will be done in block sections. We will signpost detours and a project information board will be on site.

Residents will have access to properties and footpaths will remain open.

Nelson Road bridge

The Nelson Road (Lochiel) bridge has had to be closed. An inspection of the bridge by structural engineers revealed that the bridge has continued to deteriorate to the point where it is not fit for continued use and now poses a safety risk to the public. The bridge will be closed for the foreseeable future and publicly notified as soon as possible.

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.



Road works & Restrictions

Nelson Road (Lochiel)Bridge

The bridge will be closed for the foreseeable future and publicly notified as soon as possible.

An inspection of the bridge by structural engineers has revealed that the bridge has continued to deteriorate to the point where it is not fit for continued use and now poses a safety risk to the public.

Dipton Mossburn Road Bridge No 4

The Bailey bridge installation on Dipton Mossburn Road has been completed and is open to traffic up to class one.

Please note that the road layout is slightly different and that the Bailey bridge is 3.2m wide, about 1m narrower than the old bridge.

We understand that some farm vehicles will not fit over the Bailey bridge.

For all enquires, or if you wish to clarify any information, please contact Southland District Council’s transport team on 0800 732 732.

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.