Workers and shoppers in Ashburton’s CBD are being told their usual driving routes could be disrupted from June 8 when streetscaping contractors turn their attention to Havelock Street.
Havelock Street from West Street over the railway lines to East Street will be closed to all traffic for a month and Havelock Street from East Street to just past Baring Square East will also be closed to through traffic; Havelock Street businesses will still have access to their premises and parking by entering from Cass Street.
There will be no pedestrian access across the railway line at Havelock Street and people will need to use the rail crossing at Burnett Street.
The closures are so contractors Tru-Line Civil can begin work on the East Street/Havelock Street intersection, starting with the northbound lane. Traffic will still be able to travel north and south on East Street, under the direction of stop and go personnel. Temporary traffic signals will operate outside work hours.
The Moore Street/East Street intersection is programmed for July.
Meanwhile, work on the west side of East Street is nearing completion. The wooden deck has been built and paving is well advanced. The new ramp to the railway pedestrian crossing at the end of Burnett Street has been poured and a handrail installed; it is open to the public.
Paving and asphalting will be competed in the next few days.
On Burnett Street, a new footpath has been laid from Armadillos to the Fine Lion and preparation work is under way on the northern side of the street for its new footpath.
The new road surface will be marked once the footpaths are complete. Work continues in the shared space with the filling of the raised garden beds.