The Council's Engineering Services Division is responsible for roading in and around Invercargill and Bluff. This section also includes application forms and information relating to vehicle crossings.
This includes road and footpath sealing, urban and rural vehicle crossings, road sweeping, road marking, ice gritting of roads, road closures, bridges, licence to occupy a road, street lights, traffic signals, pedestrian crossings, road and street signs, road safety, etc. The term "road" refers to the area outside the of the front property boundary to the opposite property boundary. It includes the frontage (the land between the boundary fence and kerb), footpath, ditches and carriageway.
Because of the nature and scale of these jobs the Council employs contractors to manage and oversee certain aspects of this work. Funding for maintenance and on-going upgrades is provided by Invercargill City Council rates and the NZ Transport Agency.
Managing roading assets
A Roading Asset Management Plan was adopted by the Invercargill City Council at its meeting on December 12, 2011. The plan is available at the following link (the document has been split into sections to ease downloading):
Vehicle access information
A vehicle crossing is where your driveway crosses the footpath and street frontage. The Local Government Act 1974 (s335) requires that people who wish to take a vehicle from the road on to their property must do so by use of a properly constructed vehicular crossing.
- Residential and heavy-duty vehicle crossings
A residential vehicle crossing may service up to three residential dwellings. A heavy-duty crossing is required when servicing four or more residential dwellings or for commercial activity. Residential and heavy duty vehicle crossings are not permitted to be constructed within 12 metres of an intersection. Also, vehicle crossings that will take up more that 25% of the frontage require special permission from the Council.
If you intend installing, extending or replacing a vehicle crossing you will need to contact a Council approved and registered contractor who is permitted to carry out work on a public street. The contractor will be able to give you a quote for the work and will contact the Council on your behalf to obtain permission to carry out any work that is required.
The Council must make sure that all work within the street meets a certain standard and is safely completed. Underground services like power and telephone cables are in the street frontage/footpath and these must be avoided. If a cable is hit there is a risk of electrocution or disruption to the service.
Council approved and registered contractors (details in vehicle access sheets above) carry special public liability insurance against damage claims. Public safety is important and pedestrians and other users of the street must be protected. Contractors have special health and safety and traffic flow training to ensure that both the public and the workers are protected from harm in and around the worksite.
NZ Transport Agency
All state highways in the district are maintained by Transit NZ, now part of the NZ Transport Agency, through their contractor Opus International Consultants. The highways:
State Highway 1 (Tay street, Clyde Street, Bluff Highway, Gore Street-Stirling Point)
State Highway 6 (Dee Street, North Road)
State Highway 98 (Cooper's Corner eastwards)
State Highway 99 (Cooper's Corner westwards)