Traffic lights in new year

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It’s been a long time coming, but traffic lights are set to be installed at the Walnut Avenue/State Highway 1 intersection early next year.

The tender to put in the lights will go out later this year.

Ashburton mayor Neil Brown said he was happy there was now more certainty around the lights project.

Funding had only been confirmed a few months ago, but the project was well overdue.

It was an important project for Ashburton and a lot of work had been done on it, he said.

Two applications to vary existing road designations were made to the Ashburton council in December 2013, one by New Zealand Transport Agency in relation to the Walnut Avenue/West Street intersection, and the other by the Ashburton council in relation to Walnut Avenue and East Street.

The work has been pushed out by NZTA over the last seven years.

Mayor Brown said he understood the project also included lights at the Walnut Avenue/East Street intersections, as per the original design plans.

The proposed changes were to improve safety and efficiency of the local road and highway network, particularly for the operation of the two intersections and the railway line.

Funding for traffic lights at the intersection of Lagmhor Road and Agnes Street in Tinwald is also confirmed, but any work is further away.