Queens Drive open to traffic

The Queens Drive upgrade is over.

The city council's infrastructure and services committee chairman Lindsay Thomas has been left smiling, despite the huge price tag.

The well-used road is set to open to motorists tomorrow, a month ahead of schedule.

The four-part redevelopment, which has spanned four years, has cost the council $7.9 million in total.

The last of the stages, between Gala and Tay streets, has cost the council $2.2m.

Invercargill City Council roading manager Russell Pearson said the early completion date was possible because the traffic had been diverted away from the road so the contractor could work more efficiently.

But, despite the early completion date, some finishing touches were yet to be made.

Mr Pearson said landscaping work and footpaths would be completed in a couple of weeks and the council was still waiting on PowerNet to lay a cable in Yarrow St.

louise.berwick@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times