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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 progressing changes to the intersection of State Highway 73 (SH73) and Weedons Ross Road.

The project, which is part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme includes:

  • traffic signals at the intersection of SH73 and Weedons Ross Road with pedestrian crossing phases for improved safety
  • a new link road connecting Weedons Ross Road with West Melton Road
  • a new cul-de-sac on West Melton Road where it currently connects with Weedons Ross Road
  • a new roundabout at the intersection of the new link road with Weedons Ross Road
  • new shared paths for pedestrians and cyclists connecting key parts of the community
  • changes to stockwater races and other utility services.

These changes will improve connections in 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 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. And, they will make it safer for the community to get around West Melton whether walking, cycling or by car.

View larger map [PDF, 645 KB]

Community engagement

People in the community 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 signals at the intersection. We then developed a proposed design.

Last year, 2020, during November and December, we asked the public for feedback on our proposed design.

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

You can see what others had to say, at that time, on our interactive online map.

View online feedback(external link)

Thank you very much to those who provided feedback.

Since then, we have continued to refine our design (see above).

New Zealand Upgrade Programme

This project is part of the NZ Upgrade Programme (NZUP), the Government's $8.7 billion investment in growing communities across the country.

Through NZUP, communities can look forward to transport improvements that provide more travel choices, help people get where they’re going safely and grow our economy, while responding to the impacts of travel on the environment.

NZ Upgrade Programme


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