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Permanent traffic signals for Albert Town Bridge, SH6, to improve traffic flows and safety

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The NZ Transport Agency’s Aspiring Highways team will be installing permanent traffic signals at the Albert Town Bridge. This work in Queenstown Lakes District will start on Monday, 11 February and is expected to be completed by early April.

The new permanent traffic signals will be able to adapt to traffic demand using radar. This will ensure traffic flows as efficiently as possible across the one lane bridge.  The new signals will have a camera to monitor traffic flow and can be remotely operated.  Special consideration has been given to cyclists, with buttons included at both ends of the bridge to allow them to cross.

“By installing the traffic signals we’re ensuring the ongoing safe and efficient operation of the bridge into the future,” says Mark Stewart, Maintenance Contract Manager, for the Transport Agency.

“We considered carrying out the work at night to minimise effects on road users, however, due to the nature of the work including working at heights above fast flowing water, this is not safely possible.”

  • During the first two weeks there will be delays between 9am and 4pm when traffic will be intermittently stopped on both sides of the bridge.
  • Outside 9am to 4pm, Stop/Go will be in place and no significant delays are expected.
  • An alternative route is available via Camphill Road, Kane Road, SH8A and SH6.
  • Up-to-date information on travel times is available on www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic(external link)

“We recommend that people who use the bridge build in extra time on their journeys or consider using the alternative route,” says Mr Stewart.

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while travelling across the bridge in coming weeks.

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