Tuam St has reopened to traffic for the first time since the February 2011 earthquake, and is now accessible as a west-to-east one-way system.
The street was reopened by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) this evening.
Part of Tuam St will be one lane, as several buildings still have safety cordons around them.
The area of High St south of Tuam St remains within the central city red zone with its own access point.
Alice in Videoland owner Jeremy Stewart told The Press last week the opening was a "big step forward".
The popular video store had largely been cut off by the Tuam St road closure, but would no longer be the business at "the end of the road".
The re-opening of Tuam St is one of a series of recent cordon reductions.
The segment of Durham St that passes the Crowne Plaza site is now two lanes, and the block of land that is bordered by Kilmore, Peterborough, Colombo and Manchester Streets has also come out of the central city red zone.
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