City roadworks to intensify

ROADWORKS: Christchurch drivers are being told to brace themselves for more roadworks in the central city.
ROADWORKS: Christchurch drivers are being told to brace themselves for more roadworks in the central city.

Months of road works loom for central city commuters as the big push goes on to get quake-damaged roads fixed before a start is made on the anchor projects officials hope will transform the city.

Several big roading projects affecting central city streets officially got underway today as contractors working for the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) swung back into action after the Christmas break.

Efforts to fix roads in the central city will intensify to speed up progress on anchor projects such as the planned eastern frame, the Avon River park, and the metro sports facility.

For the next three weeks Barbadoes St will have reduced lanes during off-peak hours so that contractors can renew the wastewater pipes and install manholes. Bealey Ave, approaching Barbadoes St westbound, will be reduced to two lanes. There will be no parking in the areas where the work is occurring.

Salisbury St, between Park Tce and Montreal St, is closed while work is done at the intersection of Salisbury, Victoria and Montreal streets. Road users will be unable to exit Salisbury at Montreal/Victoria St until the end of January. 

Victoria St northbound from the Montreal/Salisbury St intersection is also closed. Detours are in place via Montreal St and Bealey Ave.

For the next three to four weeks Cranmer Square west between Kilmore and Armagh St will be closed while contractors fix damaged wastewater pipes. There will be no access through Chester St West to Cranmer Square west. 

Wastewater renewal work has also forced the closure of Durham St north of Bealey Ave for about a month. Road users on Durham St north will be unable to exit onto or across Bealey Ave and road users on Bealey Ave will be unable to enter Durham St north. A lane closure will be in place on Bealey Ave, past the work site between Papanui Rd and Durham St north. Two lanes will remain open for traffic heading eastbound along Bealey Ave past the work site. The entrances to the Southern Cross hospital will remain open.

Armagh St, Peterborough St (between Manchester and Colombo), Chester St West, Colombo St (between Salisbury and Bealey) and Park Tce will also be affected by road works this month.

The high volume of road works in the city has forced changes to several bus routes. Environment Canterbury (ECan) has advised that from this week:

- All buses travelling from Sumner to Central Station will be detouring due to road works. Buses will detour off Ferry Rd onto Fitzgerald Ave, St Asaph St and Barbadoes St back onto Ferry Rd to continue the normal route. The bus stop on Ferry Rd outside Red Bus depot will be closed and passengers will need to use the temporary stop that has been placed on Ferry Rd just before the Fitzgerald Ave lights instead. 

- All buses travelling to the city from Papanui will detour off Colombo St onto Bealey Ave and Durham St before continuing their normal route. Bus stops along Colombo St between Bealey Ave and Peterborough St and the stop on Peterborough St will not be serviced.

- All buses travelling towards Marshland will detour off Burwood Rd onto Prestons Rd and back onto Bluestone Dr where they will continue the normal route. The bus stop on Waitikiri Dr will be closed.

- All buses travelling towards Eastgate will be detouring off Avondale Rd onto Niven St and Eglinton St back onto Breezes Rd to continue the normal route. The bus stops on Breezes Rd (between Eglinton St and Avondale Rd) and on Avondale Rd (between Breezes Rd and Niven St) are closed but passengers can use the temporary stops on Breezes Rd (just before Eglinton St) and on Avondale Rd (between Niven St and Edna St) instead. 

The Press