Sumner traffic jams set to worsen

NICOLE MATHEWSON
Last updated 15:35 18/06/2014
Causeway traffic
David Hallett

TRAFFIC JAMS: Commuters from Sumner and Redcliffs face extra delays for six weeks.

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Sumner commuters can expect delays for about six weeks when contractors close part of the main road to install new wastewater pipes.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) said one lane of Main Rd would be closed from Monday while Fulton Hogan installed a new wastewater pressure main pipe between McCormacks Bay Rd and the Moa Cave in Redcliffs.

The project would extend a pressure main installed earlier under Main Rd between Barnett Park and the Moa Cave after Canterbury's earthquakes.

The extended pressure main would join new pipes along McCormacks Bay Rd. 

Scirt said Main Rd would be open for town-bound traffic only for about two weeks. Motorists heading towards Sumner would be detoured along Beachville Rd.

Both lanes of the road would then be closed for about a month from about July 7, with motorists detoured along Celia St and Beachville Rd. 

The entire project was expected to take about six weeks to complete.

Scirt said motorists should expect some delays and should allow extra time for their journeys. 

Motorists were also asked to be considerate of residents on the detour streets. 

A spokeswoman said Scirt preferred not to detour traffic onto quiet residential streets, but there were a lack of options along that part of Main Rd. 

Work had been carried out to improve the road surfaces on Celia St and Beachville Rd to ensure the streets could handle the extra traffic, she said.

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