Good news for Redcliffs commuters

MYLES HUME
Last updated 14:43 25/07/2014

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Redcliffs commuters rushing home to kick off the weekend will be met with a welcome surprise this afternoon when the three-week closure of Main Rd is lifted.

Amid the sea of orange road cones lining the drive to and from Sumner, the reopening of Main Rd at 3pm today is a sign of progress after the stretch between McCormacks Bay Rd and the Redcliffs shops was closed while workers continued with its major works to repair earthquake-damaged wastewater and stormwater networks in the seaside suburbs.

The biggest sigh of relief will be come from Celia St and Beachville Rd residents whose streets were used as a bypass during the work.

Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) general manager Duncan Gibb said Main Rd was already narrow because of containers lining the cliff face, prompting the need for a full road closure to get the pipe in the ground.

"It is great to see this part of Main Road opening today, especially for the residents living on the detour routes, Celia St and Beachville Rd. The amount of traffic through their streets will reduce noticeably," Gibb said.

"It is also encouraging to know that 90 per cent of the pressure wastewater pipe has been installed in McCormacks Bay Rd, and the remainder should be in the ground by mid-August," he said.

"Work will then continue on the earthquake-damaged gravity wastewater main.”

SCIRT has major works underway in the seaside suburbs to repair earthquake-damaged wastewater and storm water networks, to be followed by repairs to damaged sections of the road surface.

The Redcliffs and McCormacks Bay/Mt Pleasant catchments are expected to take around 18 months to complete.

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