Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
The proposed flyover across State Highway 1, looking southwards with Rolleston’s residential area on the left and the industrial area to the right.
New plans have been released for a $125 million overbridge and safety improvements on State Highway 1 at Rolleston, south-west of Christchurch.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency announced in July last year it wanted to build a flyover across the highway linking the residential and industrial sides of the growing town.
Following consultation Waka Kotahi has changed its plans and it is now proposing a more direct flyover between Rolleston Dr North and Jones Rd rather than the angled or skewed option it consulted on last year.
It is also looking at adding more highway access points to ease travel and improve efficiency at the Weedons interchange.
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Vehicles heading to Christchurch can take a free turn left onto the highway from Hoskyns Rd, after the rail crossing. Drivers from Christchurch can take a new off ramp to Rolleston and loop back over the flyover to Jones Rd.
The $125m project is part of the government’s $8.7 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
Waka Kotahi is seeking community feedback on the plans from now until July 22.
Regional relationships director James Caygill said the project was an excellent example of how community feedback helped to shape transport planning.
Residents in the rapidly growing town of Rolleston have shorter commutes since the Southern motorway opened. (First published March 2021)
“We do listen, look at and consider every piece of feedback received from the community.”
Selwyn mayor Sam Broughton said the new plan offered people more travel choice as well as safer ways to cross and connect Rolleston over the highway and rail line.
“Selwyn is a great place to live. This project will provide better travel options, keep our people safe and help our district’s economy grow.”
The project also includes a new two-lane roundabout at Dunns Crossing/Walkers roads and a new third rail yard track and run around area for trains heading south.