Tancred Street in the Ashburton CBD will be closed to through traffic on Monday as workers start removing trees and install a new sewer lateral as part of the revitalisation upgrade.
The street will be closed to through traffic from 7am until 6pm on Monday. Businesses will still have vehicle access to their premises and pedestrians will also have access, however parking along Tancred Street will be limited.
The Ashburton District Council has advised that beginning next week, some trees will be removed. The first tree to be removed will be the one outside Harcourts on Tancred Street.
Contractors Tru-Line Civil will also be digging trenches along the building frontage of Tancred Street. As this is done, steel plates will be laid across the trench so that the public can still access businesses.
Once all of the underground work has been completed on Tancred Street, the Tru-Line Civil team will begin installing gardens, rain gardens, kerb and channel, footpath and road surfacing, followed by landscaping, street furniture and parking infrastructure.Work on the CBD streetscape renewal project is progressing well, although the programme has been pushed out by a few weeks because of the Covid-19 lockdown.
The renewal work for the underground services (water, wastewater and stormwater pipelines) has been completed along Cass Street. Construction has started on rain gardens, which will be followed by new kerb and channel, before the new road surface is applied.
During the level 3 lockdown phase, Tru-Line Civil took advantage of some businesses being closed and began some of the underground service installation work on Tancred Street. A new wastewater pipeline has been installed, and replacement water and stormwater pipelines will also be laid down the street along with EA Networks fibre ducting.
Council and Tru-Line Civil are conscious of the impact that the Covie-19 lockdown has had on all residents and many businesses in the district, and will work hard to minimise the impact this ongoing project will have on CBD businesses.