Christchurch today: School traffic returns

GEORGINA STYLIANOU
Last updated 07:30 03/02/2014

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

WEATHER

Christchurch looks set for a summery start to the week with Metservice forecasting a high of 23 degrees Celsius today.

Cloud and northeasterlies are set to develop later today while tomorrow could reach a whopping 29C.

TRAFFIC

Christchurch police have no traffic issues to report this morning, but the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) is warning motorists to "reassess how long their journeys will take" as thousands of pupils return to school today. 

It expected more cyclists to be on the roads from today and said traffic volumes would increase at peak times. 

Scirt said 2014 would see concentrated work in the central city and drivers should plan ahead and avoid peak hours when possible if driving through the city's main arterial cross-city routes.

Within the four avenues:

-Ferry Rd at Moorhouse Ave and Fitzgerald Ave/Moorhouse - changes to traffic management over this week, watch for signs.

-Colombo St, north of Moorhouse - one-way southbound only continues

-St Asaph St - expect a slower route

-Barbadoes, Durham, Tuam and Montreal - reduced lanes in places

-Park Tce - continuing southbound only between Kilmore and Armagh

Outside the four avenues:

-Centaurus Rd - Work on the pressure wasterwater pipe will continue for most of February meaning there will be stop/go traffic management in place. Expect delays or take a different route

-Anzac Dr/Bexley Rd between Pages and Breezes Rd: From Wednesday this stretch of road will be closed to cars from 7am to 7pm with trucks escorted through. This is a trial closure and the effect on intersections will be monitored over a week to see if can proceed through to April. The reason for getting this work done now is to make the most of the dry weather so the road can be well-sealed before winter.

-Anzac Dr/Travis Rd - expect a slower journey as lanes are narrowed.

TODAY'S QUESTION

Q: What has happened to all the wheelie bins from residential properties in the red zone? Could the council offer excess bins to those who would like them, perhaps for a small charge?

A: The kerbside wheelie bins are owned by Transpacific Industries Ltd, the kerbside collection contractor. Transpacific Industries Ltd has been working closely with Cera and the council to try to recover wheelie bins from red- zoned properties as they become vacant. The recovered bins are cleaned and reissued to other addresses. Currently there are no excess bins.

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The Town Ball Restaurant and Bar is showing the American Super Bowl today starting at midday. This is the first cold season Super Bowl, with The Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks. Free entry.

The Town Ball Restaurant and Bar is showing the American Super Bowl today starting at midday. This is the first cold season Super Bowl, with The Denver Broncos taking on the Seattle Seahawks. Free entry.

- The Press

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