Roads need to be closed for various reasons, but mainly for maintenance, construction work, and events.
To apply to have a road temporarily closed for an event contact Council. All current and planned road closures are listed in Council's Roading, Bridge and Water Notices webpage.
Road works can involve anything from minor work to fix a pot hole which takes only a few minutes to a major project to rebuild a section of road that has completely worn out.
To report a problem with road works or any damage or faults with a road contact Council.
Minor safety work
Every year Council does a range of small safety projects around the city. The Minor Safety Works Programme includes improving intersection visibility, installing roundabouts and speed cushions in residential streets to help address speed issues and putting in new pedestrian crossings and refuges. For more information on this programme contact Council.
Resealing work ensures that city's road network remains safe, efficient and able to cope with the amount of traffic using it. Most resealing takes place in the summer months, excluding the busy Christmas and New Year period. Care is taken to try and minimise the impact on road users, but some disruption is inevitable.
Please visit our Brochures page for information about:
- Stock crossings and races on road reserve
- Stock droving in the Clutha District
- Trees shading or overhanging Road Reserve
- Produce in the road corridor and damage/danger to roads
- Advertising signs in the Clutha District
Roading Application Forms
Following the 2016 Annual Plan process, there have been some changes to our dust suppression programme.
In 2015, people either applied to have dust suppressant put on their road or applied for a permit to do it themselves.
However, due to a policy change, residents can no longer use Council to apply the suppressant for them.
Instead, there are two options available:
- Dust Suppression by Applicant - this allows residents to apply to Council for a permit to undertake dust suppression themselves or employ a contractor to undertake the work. Health and Safety requirements will need to be met prior to acceptance. An application form can be found on our Forms & Guides webpage.
- Semi-Permanent Seal - this allows residents to apply to have a semi-permanent seal applied to a section of road. This requires meeting certain criteria and a priority list has been developed to help carry out this process.
- Having a semi-permanent seal applied to the road would be expected to last up to seven year. This could be more depending on traffic and weather conditions. This dust suppressant has very similar surface characteristics as a sealed road and will be maintained by Council once complete. The width of the suppressant will be determined by the width of the road.
- If you meet the criteria, you are eligible for a 50% subsidy on 100 metre lengths, estimated cost ($8,625 including GST).
- If you do not meet the criteria you can still get this suppression applied by paying the full amount.
- Council has developed payment options for this scheme, which you are welcome to ask about.
Why? The extraction of gravel, timber or other resources via road can have impacts on the road over and above what Council has anticipated. If you will generate more than 80 heavy vehicle movements in a month or 210 heavy vehicle movements in a year, then we need to know.
How? Before you plan to extract these resources, we need plenty of warning so that our roading engineers can assess the impact on roads that will be used. We require at least 18 months notice and there is a Heavy Vehicle Impact Notice that you can complete and return to Council for this.
If you do not notify us 18 months before the activity and you are over the threshold for heavy vehicle movements, you will have to go through a resource consent process.
Failure to notify Council places other road users at risk and may result in roads being damaged beyond repair!
Tuapeka Mouth Ferry - The Punt
The ferry normally operates daily: 8.00am to 10.00am and 4.00pm to 6.00pm subject to river conditions. However, in winter it operates from 8.00am - 10.00am and 3.00pm - 5.00pm. The ferry does not operate in the hours of darkness. The ferry does not operate on Good Friday, and Christmas day. It will be closed in the morning on ANZAC Day, reopening from 3-5pm.
There is no charge.
Sometimes due to variable river conditions, the punt may not be operating. Please contact Council on 0800 801 350 during office hours or 03 415 9068 to check.
The Tuapeka Ferry is a 25 minute drive from Lawrence, on the Tuapeka West Road to Balclutha, or 35 minutes from Balclutha on the Clutha Valley - Tuapeka Mouth Roads.
The Clutha River was first crossed by rowing boats until community agitation for the establishment of a punt at Tuapeka Mouth was successful in 1895. The Tuapeka Mouth ferry, also commonly referred to as the Tuapeka Mouth Punt, was officially opened on 22 February 1896. The punt is still operational today and operates on an established schedule when conditions are suitable.
Road and bridge closures
For all road and bridge closures please visit our road, bridge and water notices page.
Minor Accident Report Form
- The owner or driver of any other vehicle that has been damaged
- The owner of any property that has been damaged.