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.


Road Works & Restrictions

Old Snow Pole Track 

Council will temporary close and prohibit traffic for the section of road commencing at the point 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. The period of closure is from 1 June 2019 to 26 October 2019. The track is closed because the use of that section of road under winter climate conditions may cause damage to the road.

Waianiwa Oporo Road

Waianiwa Oporo Road, from Oporo Flat Road to Argyle Otahuti Road, will be closed to through traffic between 8am Monday, 8 April 2019, until 5pm Saturday 13 July 2019. The purpose of the closure is to enable the removal of an existing box culvert and construction of a new box culvert. A detour will not be available along this road.

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. 

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.

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.