Roundabout plans underway

Part of Sir Tim Wallis Drive currently under construction. | Photo: Wanaka Sun

Plans to provide access to Three Parks from the main road into Wanaka are progressing.

The NZ Transport Agency has lodged a Notice of Requirement (NOR) with Queenstown Lakes District Council to designate land at the junction of State Highway 84 and Sir Tim Wallis Drive for highway purposes to enable the formation of a roundabout access to Three Parks.

The three-leg, two-lane roundabout, which will be located less than 1km from the Anderson Road roundabout, has been designed to accommodate the existing open road speed limit of 80kph. The roundabout has also been designed to be capable of accommodating a future fourth arm to the north to service Allenby Farms.

Separate cycle/pedestrian paths around the roundabout will link the Wanaka to Puzzling World paths, while active transport links across the state highway will be via refuges.

Roy Johnston, senior safety engineer NZ Transport Agency, said the Agency "is currently looking at the options for the underpass and expects to have a recommended option in a few weeks’ time".

Willowridge Developments Ltd managing director Allan Dippie confirmed last week that they were building Sir Tim Wallis Drive through to the highway and putting a new intersection onto the highway. "It’s slated to be complete before winter next year," Dippie said.

Willowridge has lodged an application for bulk earthworks in conjunction with NZTA’s NOR. The earthworks will be carried out at the junction of SH84 and Sir Tim Wallis Drive junction, within the Three Parks Special Zone and within Allenby Farms Limited land.

The earthworks will prepare the land for the roundabout, as well as enabling the creation of a more formal and larger car park for the Mount Iron Reserve and providing for a new access point and access track to the Allenby Farms stock shed. Both of which will be affected by the formation of the roundabout.

The application indicated the earthworks will be complete as soon as practicable, stating “The first retail store is expected to open late 2018/early 2019 so prompt completion of the earthworks and construction of the roundabout is important.”


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