Proposed roading projects

Stock road closed ahead sign

Local Authorities may close roads for the purpose of holding on any road any vehicle races or trials, or any processions, carnivals, celebrations, sporting events, or other special events. The Local Authority may, subject to the provisions of these regulations, close the road to ordinary vehicular traffic for a period or series of periods of not more than 12 hours each in any consecutive 24 hours.

Roads may also be closed for works to ensure the safety of contractors and the public. Where roads are closed in the Selwyn District, the road closure will only occur where it is not safely possible for civil contractors to minimally keep one lane open. Examples are the location of water or sewer mains in the road that need to be excavated or resealing/upgrading of roads.

Road closures can also have the benefit of minimizing the time contractors are working on the roads. While they create higher disruptions, road closures are generally able to allow for an expedited work program, returning the road to full use in a shorter time frame.

Temporary Road Closures in Selwyn District will be advertised in the Council Call in the local papers along with The Press.

If you require a road closure, please fill in the form below and submit your request through Beforeudig or Submitica for processing.

Road closure applications require additional information in addition to the TMP. The following is required to be supplied with a road closure application:

For all roads, the following documents will need to be supplied with a road closure application:

  • Cross sectional diagram showing the road environment, road works and dimensions of the work and safety zones
  • A copy of the notification letter to be distributed to affected residents and/or businesses and a map of the distribution area
  • A diagram of the road closure notification sign to be erected on site before the closure begins
  • Detour routes
  • Where an excavation is to take place, geotech information maybe required
  • Approval from Ecan to move bus stops or routes where necessary
  • Evidence of any consultation with affected parties where necessary

For Level 1 roads under 5000 vehicles per day, the following is also required to be supplied:

  • A risk assessment of the works to show a road closure is necessary
  • A traffic impact assessment is highly recommended but not compulsory

For Level 1 roads over 5000 vehicles per day or classified as Arterial, regardless of traffic volumes:

  • A risk assessment of the works to show a road closure is necessary
  • A traffic impact assessment is required

Events maybe exempt from supplying some of this information as they are generally held over a short duration and are not carrying out an excavation. Those planning an event in the road corridor that requires a road closure should contact the corridor manager before an application is made.

Those wishing to hold sporting events in Selwyn in the road corridor such as cycling or running races are strongly advised to contact the corridor manager in the first instance to discuss traffic management options, including road closures, before application.

The corridor manager reserves the right to specify when and at what time a road closure may take place in order to ensure the needs of both the contractor and network are met. This may not be consistent with the road closure request.

Contractor's Responsibilities Regarding Road Closures

Road closure applications must be made a minimum of 10 days in advance of the road closure. Event road closures need to be processed and completed a minimum of 42 days in advance, therefore events are advised start the process as early as possible. Applications made inside these time frames are unlikely to be approved in time to meet start dates and Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM) requirements.

Notification to the public needs to be placed in the road corridor a minimum of 5 days in advance as per CoPTTM requirements. Notification includes, but is not limited to, erecting advisory signs at the location of the road closure. These signs can be ordered from any sign manufacturer and must include the date the road closure begins and ends, the start and end location of the road closure and a contact phone number for the contractor for public inquiries. A template for this sign can be found below.

A letter drop to affected residents must be completed no later than two days before the beginning of the road closure. This letter must include similar information to the notification sign. It is recommended that contractors personally contact businesses that maybe affected to discuss options with them. Only a letter approved with the application may be used for the letter drop.

Residential and business access must be maintained where possible during a road closure. This could involve alternative routes for residents and businesses to be accessed or may involve contractors guiding residents through a site. In some situations, due to the nature of the works, access to homes and businesses may not be possible, however the contractor must take every possible attempt to maintain access or provide a suitable alternative where access cannot be safely maintained.

Road Closure Links and Forms

Road Closure Application form [PDF, 340 KB]

Road Closure Notification Sign Template [PDF, 231 KB]

Map of Road Closures and Disruptions