Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has listened to community feedback and made changes to plans for a State Highway 1 flyover and safety improvements through Rolleston, south-west of Christchurch.
The $125m project* is planned as part of the government’s $8.7 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme to provide growing communities with more options to help people get where they’re going safely. The project aims to improve safety and connections across SH1 between Rolleston’s residential side and its industrial and business hubs and railway inland port zone.
Waka Kotahi is asking for community feedback on the revised draft plans until 22 July, says Waka Kotahi Director of Regional Relationships James Caygill.
“We’d like to check in one more time before we finalise our recommended draft plan and close out the business case ready for the next project phase – detailed design.”
Mr Caygill says the project is an excellent example of how community feedback helps to shape transport planning.
“We do listen, look at and consider every piece of feedback received from the community. Since public consultation last year, the team has taken another look at ways the residential and industrial sides of Rolleston can be better connected.
“This process involved on-going investigations, reassessing viable options and testing how these performed against key criteria – including short and long-term effects on the wider transport network and fit with Selwyn District Council’s vision for Rolleston. There is information on our website to help people understand the background to the project and why changes have been made,” Mr Caygill says.
The main changes include:
Sam Broughton, Mayor of Selwyn District Council, says as well as safer ways to cross and connect Rolleston over the highway and rail line, the plan offers people more travel choice.
“Selwyn is a great place to live. This project will provide better travel options, keep our people safe and help our district’s economy grow,” Mr Broughton says.
People are invited to speak to the team about the proposed Rolleston Transport Improvements at the following events**:
The last day for comment is Friday 22 July, 2022.
The Rolleston Transport Improvements Project includes:
As part of planning, Waka Kotahi has considered nearby areas and future projects. While some projects have different funding, timing and delivery, they will all work together to strengthen Selwyn District’s transport network.
* Includes contingencies.
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