Road Works & Closures


Click on the above banner for information about the Catlins Alternative Coastal Route road works.

All other 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

Wyndham Valley Road

Wyndham Valley Road will be closed between Calder Road and Craig Road on Tuesday 4 September due to work on a bridge 2.75 km from the Wyndham Letterbox Road intersection. No detour will be signposted but an alternative route is available via Mokoreta. The road will reopen later that day but will still be subject to temporary traffic management.

Hokonui’s Brookdale Road

Hokonui’s Brookdale Road will remain closed between Butlers Creek Road and Scott Road because of a sinkhole, which is about 4.5m in diameter and about 4m deep. The hole has probably been caused by a culvert failing.

Repair work started 7 June. The road will remain closed until Tuesday, 12 June.

A further update will be sent on Tuesday.

Snow Pole Road

Snow Pole Road, which runs from near Piano Flat in northern Southland to Shingle Creek in Central Otago, is closed until October. Some road works are needing to be carried out before its normal closure at Queen’s Birthday weekend and so the road, also known as Waikaia Bush Road, is closed now until Labour Weekend.

Bay Road, Riverton

Bay Road in Riverton will be closed between 7am and 6pm daily from Monday 30 April while Downer contractors resurface a section of the road.

The section being resurfaced is from Dallas Street to Richard Street.

Work will continue daily until Sunday 6 May 2018, depending on the weather.

Between 7am and 6pm Bay Road will be closed from SH99 through to Towack Street. Access to Bay Road from Dallas Street, Brook Street and Richard Street will also be closed.

There will be a detour in place to guide traffic around the works. Access to the GAS Service station will only be via Brook Street.

We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience while this work is done.

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 are expected to get under way in August 2018.