Roadworks to get worse!

Roadworks might already be driving Christchurch motorists to distraction, but it’s going to get worse.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) says earthquake repair works will not peak until the 2014-15 summer and will be followed by another spike in the summer of 2015-16.

SCIRT infrastructure rebuild client manager Will Doughty said there was a big job ahead and SCIRTĀ aimed to get the five-year programme of work completed as quickly as possible.

“We understand this makes it busy on Christchurch roads. We’re putting a lot of effort into making traffic management work as smoothly as possible for road users and to ensure the safety of road workers.”

He said roadworks, which were on schedule, had started to ramp up this year, with up to 150 projects on the go. For most of last year there were about 100 projects under way.

So far, 272 projects totalling $206 million have been completed, including the laying of 23 kilometres of freshwater pipes and 175km of waste water pipes.

However, this was still only 33 per cent and 27 per cent respectively of the work that needed to be done.

There were 39 projects totalling $166m being estimated and another 191 projects worth $1.19 billion being designed.

The total value of the SCIRTĀ rebuild programme was $1.97b.

Doughty said the number of jobs having to be redone amounted to just 0.5 per cent of the construction value, despite public feeling that crews were going over the same ground.

“It may appear rework is under way at times, as work crews will often have to revisit the same site to work on different services at different depths and locations within the road corridor.”

The pressure main recently installed through Aldwins and Buckleys roads was now being pressure tested, which involved more digging and traffic management, he said.

When an error was made or rework was needed, residents would be kept informed.

By the numbers

  • 272 projects completed, totalling $206 million
  • Total value of work to be completed $1.97 billion
  • 23km of freshwater pipes laid, 33 per cent completed
  • 175km wastewater pipes laid, 27 per cent completed
  • 11km stormwater pipes laid, 42 per cent completed
  • 228,941 square metres of road pavement laid, 17 per cent completed


  • NZ Herald
  • Tina Law
  • Photo: Stuff.co.nz

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