Ashburton CBD Revitalisation Project Update for the week of 23 May 2021

Published: 29 May 2021



The East Street intersection upgrades at Tancred and Burnett Streets are progressing well with the northbound lane complete.

Work in the southbound lane is well advanced with the dig outs, kerbing, and paving work on track. The intersection paving will be completed in two sections to allow vehicles to continue to drive through the intersections.

The old kerb between Tancred and Burnett Streets on the east side of East Street has been removed and new kerbing installed. The newly widened footpath against the new kerb will have a temporary surface for pedestrian use until the footpath itself is upgraded and resurfaced later in the project.

The East Street road surface between each intersection will be upgraded once the four intersections have been completed after which, the work will move onto the footpaths.


Tru-Line will start the upgrade work at the East Street and Havelock Street intersection on Tuesday 8 June. The work will start in the northbound lane of the intersection and is expected to take a month to complete.

For the duration of this intersection upgrade, vehicles will be able to travel north and south along East Street. Stop/go personnel will be in place on either side of the intersection during the daytime to let vehicles through the single-lane section of the site. Temporary traffic signals will operate outside work hours.

From 8 June the section of Havelock Street from SH1/West Street over the railway line to the intersection will be closed to all traffic for a month.

From 8 June, Havelock Street on the eastern side will be closed to all through traffic from Cass Street to East Street. However, all businesses located on Havelock Street between Cass Street and Baring Square East will have full access to their businesses and parking facilities for the month of June.

There will be no pedestrian access across the railway line at Havelock Street during June and pedestrians will need to use the rail crossing at the Burnett Street/public toilets location.

Pedestrian crossings along East Street on the eastern side will be in place.

Council understands that this portion of the work will be disruptive but we hope that being able to keep the intersection open throughout the four-week construction period, will help maintain access for businesses and customers along East Street.

The Moore Street/East Street intersection is programmed for July and more information will be provided closer to that time.


The work on the west side of East Street is nearing completion. The deck has been built and the paving is well advanced in that area. The new ramp to the railway pedestrian crossing by the toilets has been poured and the new handrail was installed this week.

Once the paving and asphalting have been completed early next week, tactile plates will be installed at the rail crossing and the crossing will reopen to pedestrian’s mid-week.


The new footpath from Armadillos to the Fine Lion has been completed.

Preparation work has started for the new footpath on the northern side from Speights up to the laneway just west of the Stoked Cycles shop for the first pour. Once that has been completed, work will commence on the next stage for the footpath up to the Somerset Grocer.

The new road surface has been completed with the road marking programmed to be carried out once the footpath construction has been completed. Construction is continuing in the shared space area with the installation and filling of the raised garden beds etc.

Pedestrian access remains available to all businesses at all times, however, pedestrians may have to walk further up or down the street to access safe road crossing places. Tru-Line will liaise with any businesses that may be affected while footpath work is happening directly outside their premises.


Project Timeline

Please note, while Council does not anticipate any delays, they can happen and the above periods may be extended if the contractor encounters unexpected issues. However where possible, Tru-Line Civil will have extra crews working, therefore some work may begin earlier than anticipated. Council will communicate if changes are pending. Adverse weather events can also delay work.


Should you have any queries, below are two points of contact:

Conor Redmond
Site Engineer/Project Manager
021 071 9930

Crissie Drummond
Infrastructure Services Support Officer
307 7760 or 027 591 1973

To receive important alerts regarding CBD upgrade works, text '#CBD' to '4196.

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