New Target Completion Date for Section of Queen Street

Friday 4 May 2018

Most of Queen Street is set to reopen by the end of the month as the Queen Street Upgrade nears completion.

A section on either side of the Wensley Road intersection with Queen Street, from the Boulevard Café and including the Tasman District Council office, will remain closed until about 18 June 2018 while the Wensley Road/Queen Street roundabout is reconstructed and final upgrade works are carried out.

Tasman District Council project manager Jeff Robinson said while the Council and contractor Downer had aimed to finish the entire upgrade by 31 May, ongoing challenges working around old existing services, combined with some unfavourable weather, meant a small portion of the upgrade works would not meet this date.

“We know it’s not the news businesses or the public want to hear and we’re very sorry for the extended disruption. Most of the street will be open from June, and we truly are in the home stretch now when it comes to the remaining work.”

Every available construction crew has been working on the project and have been on the job most nights and Saturdays. Jeff said: “We’re at the limit of how many different teams can work in the area without tripping the others up because of the limited space and access.”

The Queen Street Upgrade is a multi-million dollar project to reduce the risk of flooding to properties in Queen Street, replace old and undersized water and stormwater pipes, and create a modern, pedestrian-friendly street environment.

Read more about the Queen Street Upgrade