Traffic jams likely after school holidays end

Drivers be warned: traffic could be slow on Monday morning.

With school holidays coming to an end, authorities are expecting increased traffic volumes on Monday as kids return to school and parents return to work.

There are 40 Scirt crews working in the central city - a level which will continue for the next few months.

The Christchurch Transport Operations Centre (CTOC) said drivers should allow for increased travel time and, where possible, try to travel at different times or on different routes.

Southbound routes through the city will be particularly affected. CTOC reminded drivers that Colombo St bridge had been reopened and was a good southbound alternative for those heading into the central city.

For those heading across the city, the four avenues are recommended.

Central city road work sites:

- Tuam St, closed between Colombo and Manchester streets

- Durham St North, reduced lanes between Salisbury and Armagh streets

- Durham St South, reduced lanes between Cashel and Tuam streets

- Oxford Tce, one lane between Montreal and Durham streets

- Barbadoes St, reduced lanes from Bealey Ave to Kilmore St for the start of the Barbadoes St bridge repair work

- Barbadoes St, reduced lanes between Cashel and St Asaph streets

- Manchester St closed between Bealey Ave and Purchas St

- No entry to Manchester St from Bealey Ave eastbound. Left turn only from Manchester St to Bealey Ave

- Manchester St southbound only between Armagh St and Oxford Tce. A detour will be available via Armagh, Madras and Kilmore streets

- Madras St, reduced lanes north of Latimer Sq.

The Press