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New traffic signals to be switched on in Ashburton early February


The NZ Transport Agency’s new traffic signals on State Highway 1 Ashburton, near the site of the new Progressive Enterprises Countdown Supermarket, will be turned on next week, the first week of February.

Christchurch-based City Care Ltd has been working on the intersection and signals since the end of last year. The signals will be turned on once the tactile pavers for pedestrians are in place, likely to be after Wednesday, 1 February.

The work at South St and East St/State Highway 1 involved the construction of the traffic-signal controlled intersection to service the new supermarket, which is currently under construction.

The highway project, worth around $1 million, has been funded by Progressive Enterprises.

Opus has designed the intersection in accordance with Transport Agency and Ashburton District Council standards and consent conditions, including landscaping features.

The pavement at the intersection has been completely rebuilt and the intersection’s lanes reconfigured. A traffic camera is also in place ensuring the traffic can be monitored from the Christchurch Transport Operations Centre.

“Road users are advised to take care as they use the new road layout and the lane merge areas and be prepared to stop at the new signals once they are operational,” says Transport Agency Journey Manager Lee Wright.

Photo taken during the construction of the intersection and traffic signals

Photo taken during the construction of the intersection and traffic signals