Road Works & Closures

 

Click on the above banner for information about the Catlins Alternative Coastal Route road works.

All other Southland road works and closures are listed in the table below. 

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

Location

Road Works & Restrictions

Lora River Road bridge

The bridge on Lora River Road which runs off Lora Gorge Road has been closed to carry out urgent bridge deck replacement. 

SouthRoads are currently on site and work has started. The plan is to carry out the work in sections so that the bridge can be reopened at night. The work is planned to be finished by Friday, 28 September.

Chaslands Highway

Closed, Wednesday, 24 October, from Niagara Tokanui Highway then onto Papatowai Highway to Warnock Road (Clutha District) between the hours of 7.30am and 12.00am.

The purpose of the closure is to enable the running of the Targa NZ 2018 Rally.A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.

Papatowai Highway

Closed Tuesday, 23 October, from Warnock Road(Clutha District) along Papatowai Highway then onto Chaslands Highway to Niagara Tokanui Highway between the hours of 3.35pm and 8.05pm.

The purpose of the closure is to enable the running of the Targa NZ 2018 Rally.A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.

Mataura Island Fortrose Road

Closed on Tuesday, 23 October, from Titiwaewae Road to Wyndham Letterbox Road and Wyndham Letterbox Road from Mataura Island Fortrose Road to Water Street, Wyndham between the hours 7.05am and 11.35am.

The purpose of the closure is to enable the running of the Targa NZ 2018 Rally.A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.

Channel Road Closed from Springhills Tussock Creek Road to Winton Hedgehope Highway (SH96) to through traffic between the hours of 8.00am on Monday 24 September until 5.00pm on Tuesday 25 September 2018.

The purpose of the closure is to enable repairs to be carried out on bridge 2563.001. A detour will be available via Springhills Tussock Creek Road and Sharks Tooth Road.

Snow Pole Road

Snow Pole Road, which runs from near Piano Flat in northern Southland to Shingle Creek in Central Otago, is closed until October. Some road works are needing to be carried out before its normal closure at Queen’s Birthday weekend and so the road, also known as Waikaia Bush Road, is closed now until Labour Weekend.

The Mataura Island-Titiroa bridge

The Mataura Island-Titiroa bridge has been closed, effective immediately, because of public safety concerns about its stability. 
The structure will be tested on 8 November  to assess its condition, after which a decision on the bridge’s future will be made. 

Colac Foreshore Road, Colac Bay

A section of this road has been temporarily 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.

Chaslands Highway, Southern Scenic Route

The Chaslands Highway is open but traffic management, including a speed restriction, is in place. A 75-metre temporary road has been built after a section collapsed due to a massive slip. A tender has been awarded to Fulton Hogan for the repair of this section of road. The repair works are expected to get under way in August 2018.