Traffic management plans up to the challenge

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As Challenge Wanaka organisers prepare to host up to 2800 participants and about 10,000 spectators for their 13th annual multi-day event, there are important road closures to be aware of now until Sunday.
Six separate events are scheduled for the 2019 edition: an individual and team middle distance triathlons, an aquabike - which is a swim and bike with no run - and secondary schools, intermediate and junior triathlons. The action kicks off at 9.30am today (Thursday)with the intermediate groups, followed by the secondary schools race at 12.30pm.  
Queenstown Lakes District Council senior communications advisor Rebecca Pitts said, “This year Southern Safety Services have taken over managing the road closures and traffic management for the event. They have kept the closures largely in line with those approved for the 2018 event with a view to making possible changes in 2020 aimed at making the event safer and more convenient for the local community.”
“They have 35 qualified Traffic Coordinators (TCs) most also being Site Traffic Management Supervisors (STMSs). All of their staff are experienced and have good local knowledge and they are confident this will be of benefit to the overall running of the event. They, along with volunteers, will be posted at key locations/intersections to help keep things running smoothly.”
Challenge Wanaka media and marketing manager Sophie Luther said, “We have an extra 15 paid staff on duty, and it was mentioned earlier this year we have paid staff helping move traffic around Wanaka on Thursday and Friday afternoon.”
When asked about where locals should avoid travelling during these road closures and how they will be communicated to regarding the traffic disruption, Luther told the Wanaka Sun, “We have message boards up advising of road closures….We have increased it [scope of communication] with social media posts, EDM [electronic direct mail], radio and newspaper and a letter drop.”

Roads closures on Saturday include Ardmore Street from Dungarvon Street to Lakeside Road and McDougall Street to Meadowstone Drive, parts of Dungarvon Street and McDougal Street, Kane Road between Camphill Road and St Ninians Way, the Red Bridge will be closed to northbound traffic and there is a single lane closure of Mount Aspiring Road from Meadowstone Drive to Hospital Flat. It will be an offence for the public to use the roads for ordinary vehicular traffic during the period of closure.

“The closure of Mount Aspiring Road has always been a single lane closure reopening at midday,” said Pitts. “However this year, with there being no Full Challenge, it is anticipated the road will be reopened around 10.30am. Southern Safety Services were to communicate directly with affected parties, including commercial operators and residents to work through any potential issues. As well as more signage this year, we have also promoted the closures on our website and Facebook page.”

Mount Aspiring Road will re-open at noon on Saturday.

“We’d like to thank local residents and businesses for their patience during the closures and ongoing support for the event,” said Pitts.

Spectators and supporters can watch the action from 6.45am on February 16 at the lakefront when the pro athletes enter the water, with the first athletes on the bike course estimated to cross the Albert Town Bridge at 7.55am, through Lake Hawea (8.20am), Luggate (8.50am) and back into the transition area by 9.15am. The run course takes in Bremner Bay (9.20am), Outlet Track (9.30am), Gunn Road (9.50am) and Beacon Point Road (10.05am) with an approximate finish in town at 10.30am.


Roads closures include:

  • Ardmore Street from Dungarvon Street to McDougall Street (from Wednesday at 8am until Sunday at 3am) (Alternative route is via Brownston Street).

  • Dungarvon Street from Dunmore Street to Ardmore Street (Saturday at 3am until Sunday at 3am) (Alternative route is via Helwick Street or Brownston Street).

  • Ardmore Street from Dungarvon Street to Lakeside Road (Saturday at 3am until Sunday at 3am) (Alternative route is via Brownston Street).

  • Single Lane closure of Mt Aspiring Road from Meadowstone Drive to Hospital Flat (Saturday from 6.15am until 12pm) (Alternative route is via Old Station Road to return to town until road opens; access to residents and tourism operators is permitted).

  • Ardmore Street from McDougall Street to Meadowstone Drive (Saturday from 6.15am until 12pm) (Alternative route is via Warren Street and Meadowstone Drive; access to residents is permitted).

  • Mt Aspiring Road from Old Station Road to Meadowstone Drive (Saturday from 6.15am until 12pm) (Alternative route is via Old Station Road to return to town until road reopens).

  • McDougall Street from Brownston Street to Ardmore Street (Saturday from 6am until 12pm) (Alternative route is via Warren Street and Meadowstone Drive or Golf Course Road).

  • Kane Road between Camphill Road and St Ninians Way (Saturday from 8.15am until 3pm) (Alternative route is via Camphill Road and St Ninians Way).

  • One way closure of Red Bridge, closed to North Bound Traffic (Saturday from 8.15am until 12pm) (Alternative route is via Shortcut Road, Wanaka Luggate Highway, Lake Hawea Albert Town Road, Camphill Road, St Ninians Way and Kane Road).

 

Challenge Wanaka start times can be found below or by downloading the event app:

  • Swim Start at Wanaka Lakefront (Half 6.45am; Aquabike 8.00am).

  • Transition Area 1 (Bike Start) (Half 7.10am; Aquabike 8.40am).

  • Ardmore Street (Half 7.45am; Aquabike 9.30am).

  • Albert Town Bridge (Half 7.55am; Aquabike 9.40am).

  • Lake Hawea (Half 8.20am; Aquabike 10.05am).

  • Hawea Flat (Half 8.35am; Aquabike 10.20am).

  • Luggate (Half 8.50am; Aquabike 11.20am).

  • Transition Area 2 (Run Start) (Half 9.15am; Aquabike 12.00pm) (estimated first finisher).

  • Bremner Bay (Half 9.20am).

  • Start of Outlet Track (Half 9.30am).

  • Gunn Road Hill (Half 9.50am).

  • Beacon Point Road (Half 10.05am).

  • Bremner Bay (Half 10.15am).

  • Lakeside Road (Half 10.25am).

  • Finish Line (Half 10.30am).


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