Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


New Northern Motorway on-and-off ramps opened

26 February 2014

New Northern Motorway on-and-off ramps opened

The new $4.6 million on-and-off ramps for Christchurch’s Northern Motorway at the Lineside Road (State Highway 71)/Smith Street interchange, near Kaiapoi, were officially opened today (26 February).

Today’s opening of the ramps, attended by Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson, Mayor of Waimakariri David Ayers and the NZ Transport Agency’s Southern Regional Director Jim Harland, provides local residents and motorists with better access to and from the motorway and improves safety for all road users.

The ramps were jointly funded by the Transport Agency, the Waimakariri District Council and private development company Clampett Investments Ltd.

Mr Harland says the interchange improvements will provide easy access to and from Kaiapoi and help reduce the number of traffic movements at Pineacres where vehicles travelling north have to cross in front of high volumes of on-coming traffic travelling at speeds of 100km/h.

“The new road layout and traffic signals on the Lineside Road (SH71)/Smith Street interchange will make it safer for traffic to exit and enter the motorway, as well as improving cyclist safety along Lineside Road,” he says.

Planning for the project began almost five years ago, in conjunction with a review of the Pineacres intersection and ways to improve safety along this stretch of the state highway by improving access to the motorway

Waimakariri MP Kate Wilkinson says completion of the new on-and-off ramps for the Northern Motorway at the Lineside Road interchange is exciting and will have Kaiapoi retailers celebrating.

“I am pleased the Transport Agency listened to the concerns and issues of our local community in bringing this project forward and that they appreciated the importance of it to Kaiapoi in particular.

“The new off-ramp from the north will provide Kaiapoi with a clearly defined gateway that will encourage visitors into the town. Whether they stop for a meal or to have a look around, it will divert some of that spending money into the tills of Kaiapoi retailers,” Ms Wilkinson says.

“The new access ramps will also alleviate pressure at the Pineacres intersection – something that Kaiapoi residents have been concerned about for a number of years.”

Mayor of Waimakariri David Ayers says the Council took the unusual step of contributing to a state highway project because it saw the new ramps as a way of improving access to and from the Kaiapoi town centre from State Highway 1.

“Central Kaiapoi was badly damaged by the September 2010 earthquake and this much-improved access was seen as a way of encouraging passing traffic into the centre of Kaiapoi.”

He says the Council welcomes this major improvement and its connections within the district.

Local developers Mark Revis and Jedd Pearce say their contribution to the public private partnership was an important part of creating strong foundations on which to rebuild the great historic river town of Kaiapoi.

“The on and off ramps provide numerous advantages for Kaiapoi and the Waimakariri district: a safer alternative route to Pineacres; a great new gateway to Kaiapoi; accessibility to Kaiapoi’s town centre which is better for business; and improved infrastructure and transport routes to support new business into Kaiapoi, along with job creation and economic growth within the Waimakariri district.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Police Authority: Use Of Taser Was Disproportionate And Unjustified

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that an officer’s second use of a Taser on a mentally unwell Hokitika man was disproportionate and unjustified. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Holidays, Hekia Parata And Badlands

Hekia Parata, adieu. Reportedly, she’s been ‘passionate’ about education. She has “bravely’ led the charge on the government’s education reforms. In the past week , many of the postscripts to Hekia Parata’s career as Education Minister have sounded like a schoolteacher desperately trying to find some reason why a D student can be marked up to C minus. More>>


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news