Bealey Ave works disrupt traffic

New infrastructure repair projects will affect commuters on Christchurch's busy Bealey Ave from today.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) has advised that Bealey Ave will be down to two lanes for eastbound traffic between Manchester and Barbadoes streets during the day, and down to one lane at night.

Other repair projects in the central city will reduce Madras St down to one lane between Latimer Sq and Bealey Ave,  and between Moorhouse Ave and Lichfield St.

Barbadoes St will also be down to one lane in places between Bealey and Moorhouse avenues, and from today motorists will not be able to travel west through the intersection of Barbadoes and Tuam streets for about 10 days.

Scirt is warning of continued delays during peak times on Gasson St, near Moorhouse Ave, and on Durham St North, which remains down to a single lane between Salisbury St and Moorhouse Ave.

Drivers are advised to use the four avenues for travelling across the city, with Fitzgerald Ave named as a reliable route for north and southbound journeys.

Montreal St can be used for northbound travel, while Colombo and Manchester streets can be used to access the central city from Bealey Ave.

Outside the four avenues, work is progressing on the construction of the new Ferrymead Bridge.

From today, city-bound traffic could be stopped for about five minutes outside peak hours as workers move deck support beams into place.

The work is expected to take about two weeks.

Prestons Rd, east of the intersection with Marshlands Rd, will be closed every night between 6pm and 7am until June 26 as work progresses to install traffic signals.

A detour will be available via Marshlands, Mairehau and Burwood roads during the nightly closures.

Meanwhile, Shortland St is expected to be reduced to one lane from today between Wainoni and Pages roads.

The street is expected to remain one way until late 2014 while repairs are carried out.

The Press