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

 Te Anau Santa Parade

Council will close Milford Crescent and Town Centre from 18 Bligh Street to 24 Mokonui Street to normal traffic from 12 Noon until 3.00pm on Saturday 10 December 2022.

The purpose of the closure is to enable the running of the annual Santa Parade.

A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.

Fraser Road from Waimatuku Flat Road to Thornbury Waimatuku Road

We will close Fraser Road from Waimatuku Flat Road to Thornbury Waimatuku Road to through traffic between 7.00am 5 December and 7.00pm 18 December 2022. The purpose of the closure is to enable the installation of a stock underpass. A detour will not be available but the road will be reopened as soon as safely possible in the event of an emergency.

Ryal Bush School Road from Collinson Road to Achison Road

Council will close Ryal Bush School Road form Collinson Road to Achison Road to
through traffic between 7.30am 29 November and 5.00pm 5 December 2022.

The purpose of the closure is to enable installation of culvert.

A detour will be available via Collinson Road, Hamilton Road and Achison Road with second
alternative detour via Collinson Road, Ryal Bush Wallacetown Road and Ryal Bush School Road with resident access available.

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.

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.