Motorway to open to pedestrians
Cyclists and walkers can traverse part of the new Christchurch southern motorway this weekend before it opens to traffic next month.
The motorway upgrade is a key project in the Government's Roads of National Significance programme, announced in 2009.
Stage one of the upgrade involves constructing a four-lane motorway between Collins St and Halswell Junction Rd.
Fulton Hogan spokeswoman Jill Laws said people could walk or cycle from Dunbars Rd bridge to Curletts Rd and back between 10am and 1pm this Saturday.
''It's just to give the people of Christchurch a look at the new motorway before we open it to traffic.''
She said the event was a fundraiser for Halswell School and Rotary with sausage sizzles and stalls on site.
Construction on the first stage started in March 2010 and is expected to be completed by mid-next month.
It is expected there will be 40,000 to 45,000 daily vehicle movements between Barrington St and Curletts Rd by 2023, and 20,000 to 25,000 between Curletts Rd and Main South Rd.
The second stage will run from the intersection of Springs and Halswell Junction roads to rejoin State Highway 1 by Robinsons Rd, and the final stage will involve installing four lanes along State Highway 1 from Robinsons Rd to south of the Weedons Rd-State Highway 1 intersection.