Christchurch traffic and weather

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 08:18 24/06/2014

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Today is the first day of many that Christchurch motorists won't have to clear the ice from their windscreens.

WEATHER

A front moving up the South Island will bring with it "a lot of rain to the west", but eastern parts of the island will escape with high cloud and warmer overnight temperatures, a Metservice spokeswoman said.

"This will act like a blanket for the other areas," she said.

The temperature dropped to -1 degrees Celsius overnight, with Metservice describing it as feeling "like -3C" at 7am.

Over the course of the rest of the day, high cloud is expected to increase and a north easterly wind is set to develop this afternoon.

A high of 14 degrees Celsius is expected. However, temperatures will hover around 8C overnight until Thursday, when it drops to 5C. 

The extra few minutes in the morning will be relief to those commuters navigating delays around new road work projects this week.

TRAFFIC

The Chaneys off-ramp on the Northern motorway, which gives access to Main North Rd to Marshland Rd, will be closed during off-peak hours.

Work to repair the road will begin after 9.30am, and is expected to be finished before the afternoon peak hour.

Southbound motorists wishing to access the Chaneys, Spencerville and Kainga areas are advised to exit the Northern Motorway at Ohoka Rd and use Main North Rd and the old Waimakariri Bridge.

Those heading east should continue to Main North Rd onto QE11 Dr.

Meanwhile, a number of new projects commencing or continuing this week will cause delays for commuters travelling from Sumner or through the central city.

Work began yesterday to install a new wastewater pressure main on Main Rd between McCormacks Bay Rd and the Redcliffs Moa Cave.

The first stage of the project will reduce the road to one lane, city-bound only, for about two weeks.

Both lanes of the road will then be closed for a further four weeks, with traffic detoured along Beachville Rd.

In the city centre, motorists should expect delays during peak times on Colombo St, as it closes to through traffic at the Tuam St intersection.

Madras and Barbadoes streets also remain down to one lane in places between Bealey and Moorhouse avenues.

Durham St North is down to a single lane between Salisbury and Tuam St, and Tuam St remains closed between Colombo and Manchester streets,.

Bealey Ave is still reduced to two lanes east and westbound past Madras St during the day and down to one lane at night, while St Asaph St is reduced to one lane at the Montreal St intersection.

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The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) advises motorists to use the four avenues for cross-town journeys.

Fitzgerald Ave is a reliable route for north and southbound journeys, Scirt says.

There was a minor accident on Marshland Rd, near the intersection with Prestons Rd this morning. However, a police spokeswoman said it was not interfering with traffic flows. 

- The Press

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