Traffic lights are being installed at the intersection of Kelvin and Herbert Streets to help prevent accidents and to reduce delays.
The work, undertaken by contractor Fulton Hogan is expected to be completed by the end of March. The contractor will start by installing ducting within the road and footpaths, followed by a number of road pavement repairs. The signal poles, controller and lanterns will then be installed and road markings will complete the work.
Russel Street between Herbert and Lewis Streets will be closed to traffic for most of the project to increase safety. Right-turning traffic into Herbert Street from Kelvin Street will be restricted for the majority of works. Following completion of the road works, traffic will only be able to enter and leave Russel Street by left turn.
Council Roading Manager Russell Pearson said when the work was complete the intersection would provide right-turning traffic on both Herbert and Kelvin Street with much safer travel options. “Motorists will not have to make those difficult decisions about of there is sufficient space between cars to make a safe turn,” he said. “Traffic signals will also help ease traffic issues during the busy morning and afternoon periods.”
Property owners in the area have been contacted and the contractor will continue to advise them of any access or parking changes.