Queens Drive upgrade well ahead of schedule

19:47, Feb 09 2014

One of Invercargill's busiest roads will reopen next month.

Invercargill City Council roading manager Russell Pearson said the Queens Drive upgrade was nearing completion and likely to be ready to use by the start of next month.

The road was originally scheduled to reopen in April but, because of the successful diversion, was well ahead of schedule, he said.

The public had been understanding about the diversions and, with only asphalting to be done and traffic signals to be put in place, he looked forward to the project being finished.

Completion of the $2.2 million section of road marked the end of the upgrade of Queens Drive.

Meanwhile, the Tweed St upgrade has started.

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Two projects were being undertaken while the street was closed, including renewal of stormwater drains and replacement of gravel under the tarseal, Mr Pearson said.

He expected the work to continue until the start of winter.

He thanked people for their understanding during the work. "People have been really fantastic and they have worked with us."

The Southland Times