$2.2 billion to rebuild Chch's infrastructure

01:06, Sep 07 2012

A five-year plan for rebuilding Christchurch's damaged roads and underground services has been unveiled today amid warnings it will cause significant disruption and inconvenience.

Under the plan, work will start first in the east of the city and gradually move west.

The total cost of the work is estimated at $2.2 billion.

Announcing the roll-out of the programme, Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee said it represented a massive step forward for Christchurch.

"This work is one piece of a much bigger and complex city-wide recovery programme but it is highly significant as underground services need to be rebuilt and future-proofed so that the city's recovery is founded on a secure infrastructure base,'' Brownlee said.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said today's work schedule underpins confidence in the city's recovery and reinvestment in the South Island's largest city.

"People will begin to se a more resilient and forward-looking city emerging from the legacy of the earthquakes. The schedule we are launching today gives certainty for the future but we have already made good progress on the rebuild and work has been ongoing for more than a year now.

"Already we've completed 187 projects worth $73m including rebuilding 39km of wastewater pipe - that's about the distance from central Christchurch to Dunsandel - and laying 92,000sqm, or 13 rugby fields, of road pavement.''

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) chairman Mark Ford said at the peak of the rebuild Scirt would be spending around $40 million a month on rebuilding Christchurch's horizontal infrastructure and would have 150 work sites operating around the city.

"We will do everything we can to minimise your inconvenience but believe it or not road works and other disruptions mean progress and are a positive sign,'' Ford said.

Details of projects set to begin construction in the next six months are also available on the Scirt website and will be updated quarterly.

An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the package value at $1 billion.


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