CBD revitalisation work to take about two years


Turning Burnett and Tancred into one-way streets, street enhancements, free parking and a lower speed limit are all planned for the revitalisation of the Ashburton CBD.

Burnett Street between Cass and East will feature one-way west-bound traffic, while Tancred Street between Cass and East will feature one-way east-bound traffic.

Ashburton District Council has worked through detailed design plans to finalise what the town centre will look like, following the development of concept plans, community consultation and ongoing engagement with businesses.

The finalised design has been completed and is now out for tender, with tenders closing on November 12.

Council would make a decision on the successful tenderer at its final meeting for the year on December 12, said Ashburton District Council group manager - environmental services.

Construction was expected to start in the third week of January 2020, and would take around two years to complete.

"An unfortunate reality with big construction projects of this nature is disruption, and so a requirement of the construction contract is liaison with affected businesses to try to minimise the impact.''