Motorway to open to southbound traffic

17:53, Nov 29 2012

Motorists heading south out of Christchurch this weekend will be the first to try out the new southern motorway.

New Zealand Transport Agency Christchurch state highway manager Colin Knaggs said the southbound lanes of the motorway would open from this weekend to help traffic heading out of the city.

"There is significant pressure on Christchurch roads to cope with the rapid increase in traffic growth so it is critical we that we open the motorway to traffic as soon as work is completed," he said.

"We're aiming to complete work in the second week of December which will enable traffic heading into the city to use the new motorway."

Stage one of the Christchurch Southern Motorway is one of a package of roading projects that make up Christchurch's Roads of National Significance programme.

Now nearing completion, stage one would be the first of these projects finished in the South Island.

The new eight-kilometre, four-lane, median-separated motorway, which runs between Collins St and Halswell Junction Rd, will provide a "safer, more efficient and reliable route between the central city, Lyttelton Port and south-west Christchurch", Knaggs said.

The project will be formally opened on Friday, December 14 by Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee.


The Press