Clarence Valley access

Access to the Clarence Valley was lost following the 2016 earthquake. Access has been restored using a temporary solution. Work is now underway with residents and stakeholders to find the best long term solution.

The Clarence Valley access project is one of the most complex and challenging projects in the rebuild programme.  

Latest update: Assessment complete for shortlisted access options (December 2018)


21 December 2018

Work so far within the Clarence Valley project has focused on developing a Strategic Business Case (SBC) to support the funding of any preferred solution.

Six infrastructure options for access to Clarence Valley have been identified and assessed. Two additional options have been raised, but were not assessed within the SBC. Further work would be required alongside Council’s funding partner the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to assess the feasibility of these options.

The methodology for the SBC included concept (high) level designs being prepared for each option. This enabled preliminary cost estimates for each option to be prepared and compared, alongside a range of criteria (such as stakeholder input, safety, reliability, technical, legal, meeting investment objectives, and environmental assessments of the river). This is known as a Multi Criteria Analysis and is a critical step to make sure a robust and balanced Indicative Business Case (IBC) is developed that supports a preferred option.

Currently, Clarence Valley Road and the southern access route has temporary/emergency works carried out as needed.

The information in this update was collated from a Stakeholder meeting held with Clarence Valley residents on 04 December 2018. If you would like a full summary of this meeting, please contact the Rebuild Team.

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21 December 2018