Cyclists, walkers check out new motorway

Last updated 14:32 17/11/2012
Southern motorway Nov 17
IAIN MCGREGOR/Fairfax NZ

OPEN DAY: Gwen Chapman cruises the new Christchurch southern motorway on her mobility scooter.

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Cyclists and walkers got the chance to check out the new Christchurch southern motorway 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.

The first stage of the upgrade involves constructing a four-lane motorway between Collins St and Halswell Junction Rd.

Between 10am and 1pm today, people were allowed to walk or cycle from the Dunbars Rd bridge to Curletts Rd and back.

Fulton Hogan spokeswoman Jill Laws said the event was a fundraiser for Halswell School and Rotary, with sausage sizzles and stalls.

Construction on the first stage started in March 2010. It is expected to be completed by the middle of 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 four lanes along State Highway 1 from Robinsons Rd to south of the Weedons Rd-State Highway 1 intersection.

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