Roadworks continue over festive season

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 09:01 20/12/2012

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Lower traffic volumes over the festive season will give the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) the chance to work on significant infrastructure projects.

Scirt general manager Duncan Gibb said some critical road works and emergency works would continue through the holiday period.

"Roadworks are a sign that the rebuild is well underway. Roads are only going to get busier as the rebuild ramps up.

"The timing coincides with relatively low traffic levels and will help ensure the most disruptive work is completed in time for the 2013 school term," he said.

One project that is continuing through the Christmas period is repairs to wastewater pipes on the corner of Papanui Rd and Innes Rd between December 27 and January 6.

The renewal of the pipes will see the intersection completely closed, with detours in place.

Gibb said the work would generally start at 7am and finish at midnight, with noisy activity minimised after 8pm.

However, one major city intersection has reopened in time for Christmas.

The Fitzgerald Ave, Avonside Dr and Kilmore St intersection once again has traffic lights and the freshly-sealed lanes on the north side are open to traffic.

NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland said when heading out of town, motorists should drive to the conditions, manage their speeds and avoid driver fatigue.

Canterbury road policing manager Inspector Al Stewart reminded drivers to be patient.

"Let's look after each other this festive season. It is not about getting to where you are going fast, but rather getting there safely."

For more information on road works over the Christmas period visit transportforchristchurch.govt.nz.

ROADWORKS

From early January:

Work begins on Victoria St and the corner of Cambridge Tce and Hereford St, the beginnings of long-term, 14-month and two-year projects.

Milton St, Frankleigh St and Sparks Rd - ongoing detours.

From mid-January:

Aldwins Rd, Buckleys Rd and Linwood Ave - significant detours.

Hills Rd - detour southbound between North Avon Rd and London St.

Shirley Rd - westbound traffic detoured between Slater St and Hills Rd.

Rolleston Ave, Gloucester St near museum - no southbound traffic Rolleston Ave as work heads north.

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Avondale Rd bridge - closed to traffic from January 21.

From February:

Middleton traffic: February-May detour Wrights Rd/Birmingham Dr roundabout - drivers will not be able to turn west onto Birmingham Dr.

Hills Rd and Shirley Rd north side work in the slip lane into Shirley Rd will cause delays for a month.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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