1 February 2016
Southern Field Days road closures
Getting to and from the Southern Field Days site this year should be a lot easier with increased signage on many of the main roads in the south.
With exhibitors already starting to arrive on site for the biggest agricultural event of its kind in the South Island, it's important to know what's the easiest route. Every second year Southern Field Days gets bigger and bigger, and managing all the traffic to and from the site, 12km west of Gore, is a huge task.
In 2013, the average daily traffic flow count from the site was just under 14,170.
The Gore District Council has worked closely with the field days committee to ensure there’s minimal disruption in the lead up to and during field days. Early in the new year there will be talks with key stakeholders, such as Fonterra and school bus operators, about road closures and detours.
Roading manager Murray Hasler said the plan is to take pressure off the main arterial route from the site to Gore, namely Waimumu Road.
The New Zealand Transport Authority is providing large electronic sign boards, and it is planned to have signage as far away from the field days site as Clinton, Mandeville and just south of Mataura.
“We want to avoid any confusion, and make travelling around the district as safe as possible for not only those involved in or visiting field days, but all road users.”
A section of Waimumu Road, from Glendhu Road to Lady Charlton Road, will be closed to through traffic. For the first time, the Council will also close Salford Street, in Gore, at the railway crossing.
In previous years cars coming out of Salford Street on to the Main Road have experienced lengthy delays during peak traffic flow times.
“There is an easy alternative route on to the Main Road, down Wigan and Hyde Streets, so the closure shouldn’t be too onerous on residents in the area,” Mr Hasler said.
The following section of roads will be closed to all through traffic from 7.00am until 9.00pm on Wednesday 10 February, Thursday 11 February and Friday 12 February 2016:
- Waimumu Road, from Lady Charlton Road to Glendhu Road intersection - a detour is available via Lady Charlton Road, Kelvin Road or Duthie Road.
- Salford Street - at the west end where it intersects with SH1. A detour is available via Wigan Street and Bury or Hyde Streets.