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SH73 West Melton Improvements

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Project introduction

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is looking at ways to make the State Highway 73 (SH73) and Weedons Ross Road intersection safer and easier to use for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

  • Project type

    Safety improvements

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Connecting the community and making it safer and easier to get around West Melton

Waka Kotahi is proposing changes to the intersection of SH73 and Weedons Ross Road, and a new link road between Weedons Ross and West Melton Roads.

People in the community have told us they would like to feel safer when walking and cycling around the village, and that drivers using the intersection are worried about accidents and often feel frustrated because of the lengthy delays at busy times.

We  held a workshop, in October 2020, with stakeholders and discussed the development of a roundabout or traffic lights to the intersection. We then developed a draft design which included:

  • traffic lights at the intersection of SH73 and Weedons Ross Road, which will help make travel times more reliable and give cyclists and pedestrians a safe place to cross
  • new paths and pedestrian facilities to connect key parts of the community
  • a new link road connecting Weedons Ross and West Melton Roads
  • a new roundabout at the intersection of the new link road and Weedons Ross Road.

These changes will help reconnect the community to key facilities, like the community and recreation centre, the Domain, local shops, West Melton School and early childcare facilities. They will also help reduce delays and make travel times at the intersection more reliable – which is really important with the opening of the Christchurch Southern Motorway, and Selwyn District continuing to grow.

Community engagement

During November and December 2020, we asked the public for feedback on our proposed design for  improving safety for the West Melton community, regardless of whether they drive, bike or walk, and making journeys more predictable as the region grows and our roads become busier.

This information has been considered by the project team to ensure the best possible design is developed.

Feedback closed on Friday, 11 December 2020. However, you can see what others had to say on our interactive online map.

View online feedback(external link)

Thank you very much to those who provided feedback.

New Zealand Upgrade Programme

This project is part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme which is investing $6.8 billion to save lives, get our cities moving and boost productivity in the country’s growth areas.

The programme will play a vital role in helping to stimulate the economy and support the country as it recovers from the impacts of Covid 19.

The upgrade programme provides a pipeline of work for the construction industry for the next decade.

It supports a shift to greater transport choice – with a balanced investment in public transport, roads and walking and cycling.

New transport corridors are being built that unlock new housing developments, support economic growth and improve safety and accessibility.

NZ Upgrade Programme – Canterbury package


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