Work on the Railway Reserve underpass is almost complete. Photo: Supplied.

End in sight for Waimea Rd works

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After more than two years, construction of the access road for the $125 million Coastal Views Lifestyle Village is almost complete – however, it is not yet known when the associated new traffic lights will be operational.

The work, which began in late 2018, is happening near Station Reserve, 350m north of Beatson Rd.

The project has been the bane of commuters of the busy network with road cones and single lanes being seemingly ever present.

Those road cones have now been removed from Waimea Rd and contractor Kevin Blair says the project is on track for a late October completion.

“It’s been pretty good really – it’s been a big job but it’s all falling into place.”

His Christchurch-based company, KB Contracting, are building the new road which will connect Waimea Rd with the village and the Tasman Heights subdivision.

Because the new road will cross the Railway Reserve, Nelson City Council are funding and constructing an underpass to allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely use the pathway.

The roof of the 4m wide underpass has been installed, and work is now well underway to fill in around the structure.

“It [the underpass and road] should be finished around the same time, around the end of next month. While they are finishing off the underpass, we can complete the road,” says Kevin.

He adds that the road will need to be accepted by council before the traffic lights are switched on but “hasn’t got a clue” when that will be.

“Council will be the ones to decide that.”

Developers of the retirement village, Questral Corporation, say they can start work on the retirement village once the road is in.

The development will feature residential units to house up to 300 people, including 180 standalone units, 60 apartments and 50 care beds.