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Last modified: 22 Dec 2021 9:31am

aerial image of the intersection of Tennyson Street and Rolleston Drive

Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of Tennyson Street and Rolleston Drive in Rolleston in the coming months to replace the existing roundabout.

The Council has awarded a contract to Isaac Construction to upgrade the intersection including installing traffic signals to improve traffic flow and safety in the area.

During the early stages of construction, the intersection will need to be closed at times to allow the installation of services and pavement construction at the intersection. The exact dates and timeframes for this work will be confirmed closer to the time.

A new lane layout with right hand turning traffic lanes and cycle lanes will be part of the upgrade. Wider shared cycle and pedestrian paths will be installed, linking to the pathways recently installed to the north on Tennyson Street, along with signal crossings for bicycles and for pedestrians.

Rolleston Drive, west of Tennyson Street as far as the Rolleston Community Centre will be upgraded to improve access to the future Rolleston Town Centre and continue the lower speed environment in this area. New planted media islands and paved footpaths will be installed that will also improve pedestrian safety for those crossing from the adjoining Ambrose Estates reserves and walkways to the south.

The intersection will be a raised table intersection, lifted to the level of the kerb with the approaches rising gently as a traffic calming device to improve safety.

Council Transportation Asset Manager Andrew Mazey says the upgrade is an important step in ongoing upgrades to cater for traffic growth.

“It’s great to get underway with this key roading project for Rolleston. We’ve planning this for a while and it will join a series of important intersection upgrades that have occurred to improve traffic flow and safety for all road users while also supporting the new town centre access into the future."