Blueskin Road, the newly upgraded back road from Waitati to Port
Chalmers, is being investigated as an extension of a popular South
Island touring route.
"We are planning to talk to Waitaki District about extending the
Southern Scenic route from Dunedin to Oamaru. It is envisaged Blueskin
Road would be part of this route," Don Hill, Manager, Transportation
Planning, of the
Dunedin City Council told 'Blueskin News'.
The highway proposal has already influenced the Otago Natural History
Trust in its selection of a site for the Orokonui Ecsanctuary visitor
centre. In June 2007 'Blueskin News', Ralph Allen described the chosen
site as "... on a road that is likely to become part of the Southern
Scenic Route, with relatively slow-moving traffic that will be able to
see the visitor centre and stop to investigate."
The Southern Scenic Route is a tourist highway linking Te Anau and
Dunedin via Fiordland, Invercargill and The Catlins.
The Route and its name were conceived in Tuatapere in 1985-1986. First
of its kind in New Zealand, it opened officially on 6 November 1988,
initially from Te Anau-Balclutha and was extended to Dunedin in 1998.
Blueskin Road was recently upgraded to a two-lane sealed highway from
a rough gravel road, and recently attracted controversy as its use by
empty "piggy-back" logging trucks returning from Port Chalmers
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