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

Town Centre, Te Anau

Town Centre from Lakefront Drive to The Lane and Lakefront Drive from outside the Moose to outside the Takahe Cafe will be closed to normal traffic between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday 25 April 2021 to enable the annual ANZAC day parade to be held. A detour will not be available but the road will reopen as the parade progresses.

Ivy Street, Riverton

Ivy Street from Lex Street to Rocks Highway will be closed to through traffic between 9am and 4.30pm daily from Monday 26 April to Tuesday 27 April 2021. The road will be reopened at night from 4.30pm until 9am the following day. If for some unforeseen circumstances these dates are not suitable the closures may be extended to Friday 30 April 2021. The purpose of the closure is to enable trench work for sewer connection to take place. A detour will be available via Lex Street and Rocks Highway.

McIntosh Road, Drummond 

Council will close McIntosh Road from Drummond Oreti Road to Kennedy Road to through traffic between the hours of 7am and 5pm on Monday 12 April 2021. Resident’s access will be available from south end of closure. The purpose of the closure is to enable installation of 300mm pipe under road. A detour will be available via Kennedy Road, Boundary Road and Drummond Oreti Road.

Monowai scheduled road suspension bridge closure 

Southland District Council’s contractors have completed all the programmed maintenance work possible before Easter so the bridge is now open.

Maintenance work will resume on the Lake Monowai Road suspension bridge at 6pm on Wednesday 7 April, requiring closure of the bridge nightly for 3 weeks.
The closures will occur from 6pm to 6am, Sunday through to Thursday, finishing on 21 April 2021.
The bridge will be open at weekends, from 6am Friday until 6pm Sunday.
If an emergency occurs during these closures, contractors working on-site will have plans in place to ensure emergency services and other supporting vehicles can cross the bridge.

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.

Milton St Riverton

Milton St Riverton temporarily closed from 14 December 2020.

Ellis Road

Reinstatement of the road has been on hold until flood protection work has been completed. The section is under 30km speed restriction until further notice. For more information please contact the Transport Team on 0800 732 732

Old Snow Pole Track closed during winter

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 2021 to 23 October 2021. 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.

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.