$2.2b to rebuild Chch's infrastructure

ANNA TURNER
Last updated 12:23 07/09/2012

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

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

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

Announcing the rollout of the programme, Canterbury 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,'' he said.

Mayor Bob Parker said today's work schedule underpinned 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,'' he said.

''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 $73 million, including rebuilding 39 kilometres of wastewater pipe - that's about the distance from central Christchurch to Dunsandel - and laying 92,000 square metres, or 13 rugby fields, of road pavement.''

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) chairman Mark Ford said that at the peak of the rebuild Scirt would be spending about $40m 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, roadworks and other disruptions mean progress and are a positive sign,'' he said.

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

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