Important Otago highway project opened on hot Dunedin day
Five years of safety and highway improvement work costing $45 million on Dunedin’s main State Highway south of the city was celebrated today (25 November) by Minister of Transport Hon Simon Bridges and parties involved in the project.
The first stage of the NZ Transport Agency’s Caversham Valley Safety Improvements Project opened in 2012, providing a four lane, median-divided route from Andersons Bay Road to Barnes Drive, improving traffic flow.
Today’s stage two milestone(external link) increases safety on SH1 from Barnes Drive up to Caversham Valley and Lookout Point. The new Lookout Point bridge allows motorists and pedestrians to avoid heavy traffic when crossing the highway corridor and enables all turns onto and off the highway to be made via left turn movements.
“People who travel across the city between the airport or Mosgiel to the central city, Port Chalmers or further north up State Highway 1 will notice the improvement in their journeys,” said Jim Harland, the Transport Agency’s Southern Regional Director.
The cycling and walking path parallel to the highway had also been extended, linking it to other Dunedin cycleways. Local contractors and suppliers had been employed by the Transport Agency as much as possible, he said, bringing direct benefits back into the city’s economy.
Colonies of Peripatus or velvet worm found along the margins of the new road works for this project were relocated to new areas nearby. This has ensured these unusual creatures thought to have been in existence for around 500 million years, continue to have an ongoing role in the biodiversity of Caversham Valley.