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Last modified: 29 Jul 2020 10:41am

An orange 4x4 drives through the new Tennyson Lowes Road intersection

The Tennyson Street and Lowes Road intersection in Rolleston will reopen this week following a major upgrade and installation of traffic lights.

The traffic lights and additional traffic and cycle lanes have been added during the upgrade, along with new adjoining footpath and cycleway connections, new streetlights, and drainage improvements.

The intersection upgrade was needed to meet the demand from extra traffic entering and exiting Rolleston via the State Highway 1/Weedons Road Interchange and along Tennyson Street.

Council Transportation Asset Manager Andrew Mazey says the upgraded intersection is a critical part of a long-running series of projects to fully upgrade Lowes Road to prepare for this. The intersection is also the main connection between the growing residential areas in the southern part of Rolleston and the town centre and 11,000 vehicles per day travel across the Lowes Road intersection to and from Tennyson Street.

The upgrade will improve links between the town centre and Foster Park, Selwyn Aquatic Centre, schools and new residential areas to the south of Rolleston, Mr Mazey says. It will also provide more safety for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly the large and growing number of school students who cycle to and from school through the intersection.

The Council is grateful for the road users’ patience with the road closures and diversions required to do this major work safely and effectively, he says. Minor landscaping and tidy up work around the intersection will be completed over the next few weeks.