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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Following the successful build of the State Highway 6, Bells/St Leonards Road roundabout, construction on the next phase of the project is about to start.

Completed roundabout – SH6 Bells / St Leonards Roadd intersection.

From next week, contractors will begin work for a new roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 6 Middle Renwick Road and Tancred Crescent.

Work to relocate services and build a temporary road for exiting the Marlborough Airport will start on 10 June.

Jetesh Bhula, Regional Manager Infrastructure Delivery, says this is crucial work which must be done before the roundabout is built outside the Marlborough Airport.

“Contractors will be relocating water and power services, clearing the work site, and building a temporary exit road from the airport. They will be doing this work until early August.”

Residents and drivers can expect to see shoulder closures, lane shifts (contraflow) and stop/go traffic management. The stop/go traffic management will be in place from 10 to 21 June, from 7 am to 5 pm.

People will need to plan an extra 15 minutes for their journeys (during peak travel times there may be longer delays). There will be further stop/go traffic management in place after 21 June, timings will be confirmed within in the next few weeks.

Mr Bhula says roundabout construction will get underway in August and is planned to be finished by early December.

“We’ll provide more details about detours and traffic management next week. But from 15 July we are looking to use a similar one direction lane closure to that used for the SH6 Bells/St Leonards Rd roundabout works. We’ll also prioritise traffic from Blenheim to the airport as most traffic comes from this direction.”

“We understand that these road works may cause some inconvenience, particularly to local businesses in the area. However, these are temporary disruptions. Once finished, this roundabout will considerably improve the ease and safety of travel in the area,” Mr Bhula says.

All businesses along State Highway 6 are vital parts of the community. They will remain open and accessible during the project, and NZTA/Waka Kotahi encourages everyone to continue supporting them while construction is underway.