Work set to start

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A large-scale upgrade has started in Washdyke Flat Rd as part of the development of Washdyke.

Timaru District Council land transport manager Andrew Dixon said with the growth of Washdyke, specifically with new developments around the area of Washdyke Flat Rd, it was important to provide suitable infrastructure.

“This is a significant upgrade to a busy and growing transport corridor, and with work of this scale it’s likely there will be some disruption to traffic flow. People may want to avoid unessential travel on this road where possible during the works.”

Works on the section of road between the State Highway 1 and Laughton St will result in the removal of the existing road surface and underlying pavement structure as well as the construction of a new kerb and channel.

“There will be significant traffic management in the area during the period of the works,” Mr Dixon said.

“This will include stop-go controls at times, being down to one lane, and adjacent side streets may be closed to through traffic.

“Access to businesses on the route will be maintained but people will need to pay extra attention when they go through the work site.”

The work is expected to be completed by March.