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

Carswell Road

Carswell Road requires emergency repairs to fix a collapsed culvert as a result of recent weather events.
The road will be closed on Thursday 29 October for contractors to carry out the work. A signed detour will be available via Braid Road and Wairata Road.

Harbour Endowment Road bridge, South Hillend

Harbour Endowment Road bridge, South Hillend, requires urgent repairs to fix scour damage as a result of recent weather events.
The road will be closed on Thursday 29 October for up to two days for contractors to carry out the work. A signed detour will be available via Pike and Hishon Roads.

Richard Street, Riverton

SouthRoads has been contracted by Council to install two new culverts and reinstate the water tables damaged in the recent flooding. Work will occur on the gravel section of Richard Street up to the start of the bush line. Residents are advised road closures will be in place during working hours. Work will begin from 2 November and is likely to take 1-2 weeks subject to suitable weather conditions. Staff will be on-site from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday. Due to the nature of the work and the width of Richard Street, the closure is necessary to ensure public safety. Access for residents and any emergency vehicles will be maintained with the use of crossing plates and staff will be available to discuss any issues during this time. 

67-75 Roslyn Rd

Please be advised that there will be a road closure on Roslyn Road on 29 October 2020, from 9:00am to 5:00pm. If the work cannot proceed on the 29th the work will be done on the 30th of October. Access will be available from either end of Roslyn Rd.
The Road Closure is to allow for a crane in the middle of the road working on the overhead powerlines.

Mair Road

There has been a small slip at Mair Road, Curio Bay. At this stage heavy vehicles cannot use this road. There is one lane open to light vehicles only. We are unsure how long the restrictions will be in place.

McLean Road

Contractors will begin work on repairing flood damage at McLean Road, Garston, on Monday 24 August. The road is already closed but please note that this area will become an active construction site. We expect the work will take around four weeks.

Ellis Road

Still under 30km speed restriction until further notice

Old Snow Pole Track

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 2020 to 23 October 2020. 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

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 competing 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

McLeish Road bridge at Drummond has been closed effective immediately, due to the poor condition of its timber elements and the risk this poses to public safety.