Project introduction

Improving safety at this busy intersection will provide additional road capacity to meet the expected traffic growth generated by the continuing development of the Frankton Flats area.

  • Estimated project cost

    $5 million–$10 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Frankton Flats Traffic Improvement Work 2015 -2021

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This joint NZ Transport Agency and Queenstown Lakes District Council project will improve access to the Glenda Drive commercial area via the first section of the Eastern Access Road and a new local road.

The project will also improve safety at the busy State Highway 6 and Glenda Drive intersection. Traffic volumes will rise as construction activity associated with commercial and residential developments planned for the Frankton Flats area ramp up followed by the commercial and residential activities themselves.


  • Provide improved traffic capacity to link the wider Frankton Flats arterial road network efficiently to State Highway 6 including the planned Eastern Access Road, on the northern side of Queenstown Airport.
  • Improve safety and potential traffic conflicts in this area, especially current safety concerns at the Glenda Drive State highway 6 intersection.
  • Reduce congestion by adding more traffic capacity at access points to proposed developments in the Frankton Flats area.

About the project

Work on the Glenda Drive Improvements project

Work on the Glenda Drive improvements project, with the Queenstown Airport runway in the background. This project will be largely completed by mid-December 2015.


  • Four-laning of the existing section of State Highway 6 between the proposed Eastern Access Road and the Grant Road roundabouts.

  • Eastern Access Road/State Highway 6 roundabout.

  • Downgrading of the existing state highway roundabout at Glenda Drive. This will provide only for left turning into Glenda Drive from the state highway.

What can be expected?

Work is now underway on a new roundabout at the SH6/Glenda Drive intersection, to connect the future Eastern Access Road to the highway, and some commercial developments on the northern side of Queenstown Airport. The project is due for completion in October 2015.

A helicopter view of the Glenda Drive roundabout taking shape.

A helicopter view of the Glenda Drive roundabout taking shape.

While two lanes of traffic will operate throughout this job, drivers should still allow for potential delays when making their travel plans. Regular users of this road may like to consider using alternative routes via Gorge Road to access Queenstown.

A 30km/h speed restriction is in place throughout the construction area, making it possible to build a temporary roundabout at the current Glenda Drive intersection. It will make right turns out of Glenda Drive safer and ease traffic congestion for all motorists using Glenda Drive.

If anyone has road works related issues or concerns around this project they can call 0800 626 099.