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

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.

Dipton Flat Road from South Hillend Dipton Road to Benmore

Council will close Dipton Flat Road from South Hillend Dipton Road to Benmore
Road to normal through traffic between 7.00am 10 January 2022 and 6.00pm on 4 March 2022.
The purpose of the closure is to enable the replacement of the bridge at the southern end of Dipton Flat Road.
A detour will be available via South Hillend Dipton Road, Dipton Bush Road and Riverside School Road. Local residents will still be able to access their property either side of the road closure.
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.

Riverton, Bates Street from James Street to Towack

Council will close Bates Street from James Street to Towack Street to normal traffic
between the hours of 7.00am Monday 17 January 2022 and 6.00pm Friday 20 January 2022.
The purpose of the closure is to enable the installation of a new sump in the road.
A detour will be available via James Street, Morton Street and David Street.
It will be an offence for vehicles to use the road during the period of closure without the prior
written approval of the GM Infrastructure & Environmental Services

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.

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.
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.

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

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.