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The upgrade work, which will start on Monday, includes adding street lighting, landscaping, improved pedestrian access and installing infrastructure services for buildings in the town centre.
There will be some traffic restrictions on Tennyson St during the upgrade work.
Tennyson St will be closed to northbound traffic from Markham Way to Moore St from January 13.
Tennyson St between Markham Way and Rolleston Drive will remain open to two-way traffic in the meantime.
In the second phase of this project the one-way restriction on Tennyson St will be extended from Markham Way to Rolleston Drive.
Some bus routes and stops will be changing during the upgrade. The 820 (Lincoln/Burnham) and 85 (Rolleston/city) routes north-bound will not travel along Tennyson St, but will detour along Rolleston Drive, Norman Kirk Drive and Kidman St. They will continue to use Tennyson St heading south.
Selwyn District Council group manager property Douglas Marshall said the one-way restrictions will be in place until the roading upgrades are completed, which is expected to be in early May, depending on the weather.
“We do understand there will be some inconvenience to motorists, and for residents and businesses in the area,” he said.
“We will be working with our contractors to keep disruption to a minimum, and to complete the works as promptly as possible - hopefully the weather co-operates.
“At the same time, we’re excited to see the project progressing. Work is already under way on the foundations for Te Ara Ātea, the new library, community and cultural facility, which is the first stage in the town centre development and expected to be open in early 2021.
“The roading upgrades will complement this facility by creating a lively, welcoming and people-centred environment for residents, visitors and businesses.”