Chch Today: New traffic projects begin
Two people have been injured after a collision on Ferry Rd this morning, and officials warn of new road works disrupting traffic in the central city.
Otherwise, the city will be warm and dry with many taking the afternoon off work to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
Welcome to a wrap of what's happening in Christchurch today.
Christchurch will have a chance to dry out after yesterday's rain with mainly fine weather and a high of 27 degrees Celsius forecast today.
A chance of rain is possible this evening though and rain is expected early tomorrow, followed by fine weather and developing northeasterlies.
Wednesday is also expected to be mainly fine, with some morning cloud and northeast breezes.
Several crashes around Christchurch have disrupted traffic and kept emergency services busy this morning.
One person was taken to Christchurch Hospital with moderate injuries after a collision between a car and a motorcycle in North Canterbury.
The crash happened on Shortcut Rd, near Culverden, about 9.20am.
Another driver was lucky to escape injury after pulling out in front a truck on State Highway 1 in Russley. The crash happened about 9.10am and the road was expected to be clear for other motorists by 10am.
Traffic on Ferry Rd was also disrupted when two cars collided at the intersection with Manning Pl just before 7am.
Two people were injured and St John confirmed one was taken to Christchurch Hospital for further treatment.
Police said the road was clear by 8am.
Crews working with the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) have also begun several new projects in the central city today.
Colombo St will be closed between Kilmore and Peterborough streets from today for about five weeks. The street will also be restricted to northbound traffic only between Peterborough and Salisbury streets.
Other city streets affected by lane restrictions include: Barbadoes, Madras, Bealey Ave (at the Hagley Park end and at Montreal St), Durham St South and North, Tuam and Salisbury.
A Scirt spokeswoman said roadworks were expected to slow traffic on Madras and Barbadoes streets during peak periods this week.
Northbound motorists were encouraged to take Montreal St or Fitzgerald Ave, while Fitzgerald Ave was recommended for southbound drivers.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Q: I was red zoned in Bexley. How was my new Christchurch City Council rateable value worked out? Anne Jones
A: Due to the impact of the earthquakes, red-zoned properties have been treated as unsuitable for residential occupation. The land value was initially assessed with regard to rural land sales evidence.
A premium was then applied, taking into account the city location and the possibility that at some time in the future the land may be suitable for residential occupation with remediation work undertaken.
The rating or capital value also took into account the short-term rental potential of the property. Christchurch City Council
WHAT'S ON TODAY
Author Max Rashbrooke will tonight talk about New Zealand's rising income inequality. WEA Hall, 59 Gloucester St, from 6pm. Gold coin donation entry.
Grab a pint of Guinness and celebrate St Patrick's Day today at one of Christchurch's many Irish bars.