Road works & closures

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

Temporary closures and restrictions due to flooding. 

(last updated 04 May, 13:20)

To view the interactive map showing road closure updates please visit https://civildefencesouthland.govt.nz/ (external link)

Roads closed are:

McLean Road - closed until further notice. Damage is excessive and the road can not be driven, no houses affected in this section. Access out the other way onto Nevis Road.

Roads open with restrictions:

Blackmore Road- This is under speed restriction until road surface can be treated. Could be in current state for one month
Ellis Road - Still under 30km speed restriction until further notice

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

Lake Monowai Road bridge 

Workers will be carrying out maintenance on the Lake Monowai Road suspension bridge for up to three days, from Tuesday 2 June to Thursday 4 June 2020. The bridge will be closed daily to non-urgent transport on these days, between approximately 9am and 2.30pm. Traffic management will be in place. If you believe you will require urgent access at these times, please contact Southland District Council roading engineer Rob Hayes on 0800 732 732 or email rob.hayes@southlanddc.govt.nz

 Old Snow Pole Track

In accordance with Section 342(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 1974 and clause 13 of the Tenth Schedule, notice is given Council will temporarily close and prohibit traffic using the section of road starting 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, from 29 May 2020 to 23 October 2020. This is due to climatic conditions which may cause damage to the road if it is used.

The prohibition applies to all motor vehicles. It will be an offence for any unauthorised vehicle to use the above described section of road during the period of prohibition. Authorised vehicles are those belonging to adjacent run holders and those who have received written authorisation after a special application to Council.

Lower Hollyford Road

Lower Hollyford Road is closed past the Marion Track carpark. The gate is locked at Marion carpark

Piano Flat Road, Piano Flat

To allow pest control to be carried out, Council will close Piano Flat Road at the Piano Flat Department of Conservation campground onwards between the hours of 5am Monday 25 May 2020 to approximately 7pm on Tuesday 26May 2020 and again five days later.

If due to unforeseen circumstances the work cannot be carried out on May 25, it will be carried out on another suitable weather period prior to June 30 2020. The purpose of this closure is to ensure public safety during the operation. A detour will not be available but the road will be manned and reopened as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.

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 Services and Assets. 

Smith Road, Winton

We will close Smith Road, Winton to through traffic between the hours of 8am on Monday 4 May 2020 until 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020.
The purpose of the closure is to enable the removal of old bridge and installation of new culvert.
A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.
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 Services and Assets.

Lillburn Valley Road

Lillburn Valley Road will be closed to normal traffic for daylight hours from 5am Monday 3 February to approximately 7pm on Wednesday 5 February 2020 to allow a pest control operation to be carried out. If the work cannot be done on 3 February, it will proceed during another suitable weather period prior to 30 April 2020. A detour will not be available but the road will be manned and reopened as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.

Mararoa Road bridge Mararoa Road bridge is being replaced and will be closed until further notice.
Cook Road (Waituna) bridge Following scheduled structural inspections on the bridge, the weight limit posting on the bridge has been reduced from 60% of class 1 to 15% of class 1, effective immediately, as it is unsafe for heavy vehicles.
This means it is open to light vehicles only.
McLeish Road bridge at Drummond

McLeish Road bridge at Drummond has been closed effective immediately, due to the poor condition of its timber elements and the risk this poses to public safety.

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.

Benmore Bridge

The Benmore bridge has been lost in the February 2020 floods. The nearest bridge is 8km to the north at Dipton East, and there is one 14km south at Centre Bush.