Christchurch road works on the map
Christchurch drivers are encouraged to do their homework before leaving the house with the launch of a new ''one-stop'' roadwork website.
The Transport for Christchurch website, a collaboration between several agencies, including the NZ Transport Agency and the Christchurch City Council, aims to reduce the disruption caused by roadworks and consequent traffic congestion.
Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) general manager Duncan Gibb said drivers and other road users would now be able to get up-to-date information about roadworks.
"People need to work out the journey they will take before they are stuck in traffic on Monday morning,'' he said.
The website also features an interactive map that ''provides real-time traffic-flow information" on arterial roads in the city.
"We know that delays are unavoidable as huge pieces of infrastructure like wastewater pipes are replaced. Some streets need to be temporarily closed or reduced to single lanes,'' Gibb said.
''If everyone prepares well and is patient we can spread the load, reduce stress levels at peak periods and improve safety for everyone - drivers, cyclists, road workers and pedestrians.''
Drivers are being asked to plan, expect delays, check websites and be patient on the roads before the start of the new school term on Monday.
Ferrymead Bridge diversions
Motorists travelling to and from Sumner will soon have to travel on temporary bridges at Ferrymead.
The Christchurch City Council said that from the end of June, traffic would be diverted on to two temporary bridges while work on the earthquake-hit Ferrymean Bridge was under way.
Council transport and greenspace manager Alan Beuzenberg said work on the bridge began this week.
"The existing bridge was being strengthened and widened when the February 2011 earthquake struck, causing significant damage to the existing structure and liquefaction in the riverbed," he said.
As a result, the council decided to demolish the existing bridge and build a new one that met 100 per cent of the new building standard.
The temporary bridges would carry two lanes of traffic in a single direction and each would have a shared pedestrian and cycle lane. The bridges would have a 20kmh speed limit.
The council did not say how long traffic diversions would be in place.
Traffic heading east to Sumner will travel over the bridge closest to the Estuary and traffic heading into the city on the bridge closest to the Port Hills.
Beuzenberg said that from the end of June, traffic from Bridle Path and St Andrews Hill roads would be unable to turn right at the bridge towards Sumner.