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Last modified: 15 Mar 2022 7:30am

aerial image of trucks and diggers working along Rolleston Drive

The upgrade of Rolleston Drive and the Rolleston Drive Tennyson Street intersection has reached a new milestone with the next stage of works starting this weekend.

Isaac Construction Limited is making good progress with the road construction and resurfacing stage of the project set to begin.

In the past couple of weeks, progress has been made in completing the piping of the stock water race on Tennyson Street from the Rolleston Police Station to Bronte Way, completing work on installing underground services and foundations for the new traffic lights, kerb and channel, median islands and sections of footpath on Rolleston Drive and Tennyson Street.

The next step will be night works in the intersection to complete a full road reconstruction through the intersection, which can only be done with the intersection closed. The night works will be happening from Sunday 20 March for two weeks (weather permitting), with the intersection closed from 9pm to 6am.

Detours will be in place during the hours the intersection is closed overnight and access to the Tennyson Street and Rolleston Drive shops and shopping centre car parking will be restricted overnight at various stages.

During the daytime the one-way system on Rolleston Drive (westbound towards the community centre) and Tennyson Street (northbound towards the SH1) will remain in place.

The final work will see a new lane layout, traffic lights and better access for pedestrians and cyclists through the intersection, new footpaths, cycleways and lighting along both roads. A new slow speed zone on Rolleston Drive around the entrance to the Rolleston Town Centre is also being built with new median islands and trees.