Motorists should have easier access to State Highway 1 from the Washdyke industrial area by March.
Timaru District land transport manager Andrew Dixon said progress on the extension to Elginshire St had been steady. "It's been on our books for a while, and with the increased level of traffic along SH1 in recent times, commuters have wanted an alternate route."
The extension will join Treneglos St and Meadows Rd. It is the final part of roading changes in the area, which included installing traffic lights at the SH1 intersections with Seadown Rd and the Pleasant Point highway.
"There are no plans to have traffic lights installed at Meadows Rd, but right now, some commuters are waiting far too long to turn out of there," Mr Dixon said. "This will provide an alternative route to SH1, particularly for heavy vehicles."
The project will cost the council about $1.22 million, but NZ Transport Agency will provide 62 per cent of the total funding required to get it over the line.
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