Causeway reopens after quake repairs
Hills and Harbour
Six months of delays and inconvenience for Redcliffs and Sumner residents ended today with the reopening of the McCormacks Bay causeway.
''This is another major step forward in the rebuilding of Christchurch. The residents of Redcliffs and Sumner have had to endure daily detours on this route, and now they can look forward to less time in traffic and more time with their families,'' Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel said as she officially reopened the road.
''I want to thank the residents for their patience and the contractors for their hard work in completing this project on time. This is another milestone met on the list of infrastructure rebuild projects for the city.''
Work to repair the earthquake-damaged causeway began in April.
Because of the nature of the work, the road had to be closed to all traffic for six months.
Contractors had to demolish the quake-damaged culverts and replace them, while also building a new bridge over the main culvert.
The seawall was then repaired and rebuilt, and the causeway road reconstructed and resurfaced.
Despite some setbacks, they managed to complete the project by the November 1 deadline.
''Delivering infrastructure rebuild projects on time is what our residents want to see and we will be working closely with all the rebuild agencies and contractors to ensure this happens,'' Dalziel said.
The first basic part of the 4-metre-wide coastal pathway has been incorporated into the finished causeway, as well as three tidal stairs down to the Estuary.
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