US$153 million road upgrade underway in New Zealand

A US$153 million road upgrade project is now underway in New Zealand.
Road Structures / April 15, 2024 45 seconds Read
By MJ Woof
A major junction upgrade will help reduce traffic delays in New Zealand’s scenic South Island – image courtesy of © Matthew Weinel|

The US$153.2 million upgrade to New Zealand’s State Highway 6/6A in Queenstown is now underway. Around 40,000 vehicles/day use the Frankton intersection and traffic delays are common at peak periods.

The improvement work now underway will help cut congestion and improve traffic flow. The work will take an estimated 36 months and includes building a new roundabout near Howards Drive and installing traffic control technology as well as new lights at the junction for the Events Centre.

The project is being overseen by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA). Also involved in the project are Queenstown Lakes District Council, Downer New Zealand, Fulton Hogan, WSP, and Beca. The New Zealand Transport Agency Waka Kotahi says it is delivering improvements to SH6 and SH6A to support and efficient and reliable transport network to address growth in Queenstown.

The area is a centre for adventure sports in New Zealand's South Island and attracts many visitors every year, which has pushed up traffic volumes. Improving the road stretch will help further develop tourism in the area.

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