MID-DECEMBER marked the official opening of Southland’s State Highway 1 Edendale realignment project completion and on budget.
Built by Fulton Hogan on behalf of Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), the $15 million project was acknowledged at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Edendale on Friday morning.
Invercargill Labour list MP Dr Liz Craig, who opened the event, said it would benefit commuters and the wider Edendale community.
increase safety for Edendale residents by shifting State Highway 1 traffic away from the town, the primary school and the Fonterra dairy plant.
will also bring considerable environmental benefits, with less traffic noise and fewer vehicle emissions where people live.
The project’s features included a 2.6km highway around Edendale and the Fonterra Edendale plant, a four-part roundabout, two additional road connections, a dedicated passing lane, and a stock and light farm vehicle underpass.
In addition to the restructure, 35,000 plants, mostly natives, had been planted as part of the project, Dr Craig said.
Stormwater was also being treated and released using sustainable techniques, including soak-pits and a large basin to manage run-off.
NZTA project manager Jason Forbes said the 18-month transformation would replace tight curves, intersections and rail crossings of the former highway route to improve traffic and road safety.
for road safety. At the moment it has a disproportionately high level of heavy vehicles on the existing alignment and they were all going past the local primary school.
those obstacles was the main thing and opening up access to the wider Southland region.
Southland Mayor Gary Tony presented at the event, as well as Ngai Tahu Kaumatua representative Taare Bradshaw, and NZTA director regional relationships Jim Harland.