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Submissions wanted on proposed third lane on Waimakariri bridge

Wednesday, June 14, 2017   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: submission, consultation, transport, community engagement

The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee has resolved to notify for public submissions a proposal of the New Zealand Transport Agency to build a third southbound lane on the Waimakariri Bridge.

NZTA has proposed a third southbound lane on the Waimakariri River Bridge. This is a response to morning peak congestion and reliability issues, and cycle safety on the northern approach to Christchurch, as well as being part of State Highway 1 (SH1) from Picton to Christchurch.

Details of this proposed project are outlined in a paper presented to the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee (formerly called the Greater Christchurch Urban Development Strategy Implementation Committee) on 7th April 2017.

The NZTA is now seeking agreement from the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee to vary the Regional Land Transport Plan to include the proposed improvement to the Waimakariri Bridge.

Have your say on the proposed additional lane on the Waimakariri River Bridge

Have your say and make an online submission on the Waimakariri River Bridge proposal. Submissions close on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Hearings will be held if submitters indicate they wish to be heard in person in support of their submission.

A sub-panel of the Canterbury Regional Transport Committee will consider submissions and report back to the full Committee on 25th August 2017 with the results of consultation and recommendations.

Time-lapse shot of traffic on the current Waimakariri River bridge at dusk.

Estimated cost of the proposal

The estimated cost of this proposal is $20 million dollars provided the southbound lane is constructed at the same time as the Northern Arterial project currently under construction.

The cost is estimated to be $34 million if the southbound lane is constructed at a later date - due to plant and machinery needing to be brought back for a second time.

This is a multi-modal solution that is intended to improve travel time reliability and safety, and provide travel choices for higher occupancy vehicle use, public transport and cycling.

The Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee has agreed to support the construction of a third southbound motorway lane across the Waimakariri Bridge subject to the inclusion of a separated cycleway and a high occupancy vehicle lane between Tram Road and Queen Elizabeth II Drive.

View the Greater Christchurch Partnership Committee meeting minutes for more information.

SH1 from Picton to Christchurch: a nationally strategic route

SH1 from Picton to Christchurch is a nationally strategic route and has a critical freight task connecting the North and South Islands. The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has been investigating the route as part of the development of the 2015-18 National Land Transport Programme.

This investigation arose from the Strategic Case for SH1 Picton to Christchurch and subsequent Programme Business Cases that have been developed in consultation with stakeholders.

Find out background information on the SH1 Picton to Christchurch investigation.

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