Road Works & Closures

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

The Evans Road bridge near Woodlands Closed because it is structurally unsound.
Channel Road bridge

The Channel Road bridge at Springhills is closed as a result of floodwater eroding gravel around the abutments as well as the piles appearing to have moved. Detours are available via the state highway. 

Heale Ridge Road

Heale Ridge Road (off Stirling Road) is now closed due to a slip. 

Otapiri Gorge Road

The road remains closed to general traffic but there is access for the residents. It is expected the road will be reopened with traffic management in place by 21 December, but repair work will continue into the new year.

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 to reinstate the road is underway.

 

Benmore bridge

The Benmore bridge is closed because it is structurally unsound.

The nearest bridge is 8km to the north at Dipton East, and there is one 14km south at Centre Bush.