Roading upgrades

by Laurie Willetts

The Selwyn District Council major road works programme for the Rolleston Town Centre upgrades are being sped up.

“From Monday, March 2, Tennyson Street will be closed to traffic between Moore Street and Rolleston Drive. It will allow the upgrade of the road and installation of infrastructure for the Rolleston Town Centre to be completed around three months faster than scheduled,” says an SDC spokesperson.

“As part of the work, a temporary extension is being added to Markham Way to allow residents to exit Markham Way, Wilbur Close and Peel Close and to provide access to the carparks for the shops on the corner of Tennyson Street and Markham Way.”

Pedestrian access to Tennyson Street will be maintained throughout the upgrade, which is expected to be completed by the end of June.

“It is one of several roading upgrades underway or upcoming in Rolleston to support the town’s continuing growth and provide connections to the southern motorway extension.

“It includes the new traffic lights being installed at the intersection of Lowes Road and Tennyson Street, which is required to meet the demand from extra traffic entering Rolleston via the State Highway 1 Weedons Road Interchange.”

While these upgrades are underway the council is encouraging people to plan their journeys through Rolleston.

“We encourage people to access State Highway 1 from Rolleston Drive or the Weedons Road Interchange and to use Rolleston Drive, Masefield Drive and Brookside Road when accessing the town centre.

“Thank you for your patience while we complete these necessary upgrades to improve Rolleston for the future.”