New car park for Mt Iron
Posted at 5:54am Thursday 27 Dec, 2018 | By Ruth Blunt email@example.com
Earthworks got underway to construct a new car park for the Mount Iron walking track opposite Three Parks, marking the first step in gaining access to Three Parks from State Highway 84.
On December 12, consent was granted, subject to conditions, to undertake the earthworks to prepare the land for the construction of a roundabout, the formation of a new Department of Conservation car park and the formation of the access and track to the Allenby Farms stock shed. The formation of the roundabout to access Three Parks from State Highway 84 will result in the existing access to the eastern access point of the DOC car park and the Allenby Farms stock shed being stopped. The earthworks have enabled the creation of a more formal, and larger, car park for the Mount Iron Reserve and will provide for a new access point and access track to the Allenby Farms stock shed.
The New Zealand Transport Agency, as the road controlling authority of State Highway 84, lodged a Notice of Requirement with Queenstown Lakes District Council earlier this year, to designate land at the junction of State Highway 84 and Sir Tim Wallis Drive for highway purposes to enable the formation of a roundabout access to Three Parks.
The three-leg, two-lane roundabout has been designed to accommodate the existing open road speed limit of 80kph, and will be capable of accommodating a future fourth arm to the north to service Allenby Farms.
The recommendation has not yet been issued for the roundabout.
“Council is currently in discussion with NZTA about the final design/construction details. Once we have consensus the recommendation report will be finalised and issued,” a council spokesperson said.
“This is likely to be resolved early in the new year.”