Christchurch today: Papanui Rd lights irk drivers

SARAH-JANE O'CONNOR
Last updated 08:15 14/01/2014
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UP THERE: A sculpture in the central city points the way.

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Welcome to a wrap of what's happening today in Christchurch.

WEATHER

Today will be fine except for some evening cloud with a high of 20 degrees Celsius. Southwesterly winds will turn southeasterly.

Fine weather will stick around tomorrow, with northeast winds and a high of 24C.

Thursday is expected to reach a high of 27C before a southerly arrives, bringing rain which may linger through to the weekend.

TRAFFIC

Police have not reported any traffic issues this morning.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Q: Why do the traffic lights allow only three cars per light-revolution to turn right into Papanui Rd/Main North Rd from Mary St? Usually at least two cars run the yellow, and the wait for the next green light is intolerable.

A: The distribution of "green-time" is based on traffic volume, with strategic roads allocated more than local roads in order to keep traffic moving. In 2010, the Shirley-Papanui Community Board requested the council install a right-turning arrow for traffic turning on to Langdons Road from Main North Road - both strategic roads. The only way to gain the green-time for this arrow was to remove it from another approach - in this case, Mary Street, a local road, which at the time was carrying more traffic than it was designed for.

Ryan Cooney, Christchurch Transport Operations Centre Manager

WHAT'S ON

Check out the Ian Strange exhibition at Canterbury Museum, part of the Rise Street Art Festival. Strange's work includes use of red zone houses and light and is entitled, Final Act. This is a free exhibition, open 9am- 5pm.

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