Roadworks will delay traffic

23:02, Jan 25 2013

Roadworks will cause major disruption on some of the city's key routes over the next two months.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) will begin repair work on Cambridge Tce at Hereford St meaning the road will become one-lane only as of today. Drivers should allow expect delays on Durham St for about one week.

''The narrowing and reduction in lanes is likely to cause significant delays and a backlog of traffic, particularly at peak morning periods from Monday,'' SCIRT said.

Saturday shoppers heading towards the Re:Start Mall on Cashel Street should also be aware of this change.

Meanwhile, lane closures and turning restrictions on Bealey Ave will remain in place until the end of March.

Repair works along the middle of Bealey Ave, between Colombo and Madras Streets, will result in the lanes against the tree-lined strip being closed.


Traffic will still flow both east and west but drivers will not be able to cross the centre of the road at intersections. Westbound traffic will not be able to turn right into Madras Street.

The middle of the Bealey Ave-Manchester St intersection will be closed as will the Sherborne St-Bealey Ave intersection.

''This means that southbound traffic on Sherborne St, heading towards the city, cannot turn right into Bealey Ave. Similarly, westbound traffic on Bealey Ave cannot cross the intersection right into Sherborne.''

Fletcher is relining the brick barrel stormwater pipe meaning pipes will run along the road and night and weekend work will be involved.

SCIRT said local residents would be given two days' notice before night work occured but said driveways would remain accessible.

A traffic detour in Shirley will take effect on Monday and last for two weeks.

One block of Shirley Rd,between the traffic lights at the Warrington St-Hills Rd corner and Slater St, will become a eastbound one-way as repair work on a wastewater pipe takes place.

One side of the street will remain open for pedestrians.

The detour, for drivers going west, will run down Slater St, onto Warden St and Hills Rd, then south to Edgeware Rd and back up Barbadoes Street. There will be no right-hand turn onto Hills Rd from Warden St.

Drivers and pedestrians should also expect disruptions as work continues into the Linwood Ave-Eastgate intersection.
SCIRT said traffic management systems would change as work goes into and across the intersection.


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