Intersection upgrade to begin

by Mike Isle

A major project to install traffic lights at the Masefield Drive/Rolleston Drive intersection in Rolleston is about to get under way.

The works, due to begin in early February, include cycle lanes and footpaths (both separate and shared), as well as storm water work and road resurfacing.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton said the upgrade will bring long-term benefits to the community and was part of a comprehensive upgrade to future-proof this busy area of Rolleston.

“This is a major project in the Rolleston Town Centre Masterplan to vastly improve safety while providing for increased vehicle, cycle and pedestrian traffic through this busy intersection,” he said.

“Although there will be some shortterm inconvenience to motorists, the new layout will bring improved safety and traffic flow. It also provides for traffic associated with the Christchurch Southern Motorway.” 

Construction is programmed to start on February 1, with completion in June.

There will be some disruption to traffic during the construction period, with temporary lower speed limits and other restrictions such as lane shifts and stop-go controls.

A 30km/h speed limit will be in place around the worksite. Road users are asked to take care, follow onsite signage, and be alert to changes in traffic management.

Construction will be from 7am–6pm, Monday to Sunday and overnight from 6pm–6am, Sunday to Thursday. 

Residents will be notified prior to night work. The works will have no planned impact on power, phone or internet, water or gas services.

No parking cones will be in place. 

The area is to be kept clear to allow enough space for traffic lanes and the worksite, and the bus stop in front of Countdown may need to be closed at times. A temporary bus stop will be available in front of 51 Rolleston Drive during these times.

All works are subject to weather and onsite conditions.

Opus International Consultants Ltd have designed the new intersection layout, with Fulton Hogan Ltd awarded the construction contract. The total project cost including design, construction and other work, is approximately $1.4 million.