Wigram Magdala Link opens for traffic - under budget and ahead of time
Christchurch's new $30 million overbridge has opened to traffic, linking the communities on either side of Curletts Rd.
The overbridge, which joins Wigram Rd and Magdala Pl, was completed ahead of time and under budget, the Christchurch City Council said.
The project started in 2009 and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) contributed $16m to the cost.
NZTA's southern regional director Jim Harland said the overbridge would ease congestion and improve journey times.
Councillor Phil Clearwater, chairman of the council's infrastructure, transport and environment committee, said the bridge was an "important connector" for local communities and for cyclists travelling further afield on the Little River Link cycleway.
The overbridge aims to better connect the southwest of the city with Riccarton and Addington and was a key part of the Little River cycleway, which stretches about 40 kilometres from the central city to Little River.
Clearwater said the population around Wigram was growing and the link would help future-proof the area.
The overbridge opened to traffic on Saturday.