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Traffic update - week starting 5 May, back to school

Traffic update - week starting 5 May, back to school

With school holidays ending, we expect increased traffic volumes as people return to school and work on 5 May.

Christchurch drivers are advised:
Use the Four Aves for cross-town journeys - go around rather than through.
Fitzgerald Ave is a reliable route for north and southbound traffic.
Expect delays on Durham St and Barbadoes St, particularly at peak times.
There will be additional electronic signs placed along Bealey Ave providing forewarning and advice to road users.
Allow extra time for your journey and plan your route – go to http://www.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz/

Alternative routes into the central city:
Colombo St and Manchester St south of Bealey Ave are both available southbound routes into the central city.
Colombo St south of Bealey takes you into the Square.
Manchester St runs southbound through to Moorhouse Ave.
Drivers need to access Manchester St at Bealey Ave from the Fitzgerald Ave/ westbound side. There is no right turn onto Manchester in the eastbound lane currently.

Work in the Central City

Barbadoes Street down to one lane south of Bealey Ave

Barbadoes St is down to one lane in places south of Bealey Ave to St Asaph St. Work on the bridge near the cemetery will also keep this road one lane only into June.

Tuam Street

Tuam St is closed between Colombo and High streets.

Durham Street down to one lane in some parts

Expect delays on this southbound one-way route. It will be down to one lane in places from Bealey Ave to Tuam St.

Ferry Road one way (at Fitzgerald Ave end)

Ferry Road from Phillips St/ Lancaster St to Fitzgerald Ave, is one-way, city-bound only while the pressure wastewater pipe is installed. Detour routes east bound will be marked. Read the work notice for further details.

Bealey Ave at Manchester St, one lane at weekend

On Saturday 3 May and Sunday 4 May Bealey Ave will be one lane only, both east and westbound at the Manchester St intersection. Expect delays during peak times.
On Monday 5 May Bealey Ave will be two lanes both east and westbound at the Manchester St intersection.
Manchester St, between Bealey Ave and Purchas St, remains closed.

Oxford Terrace and Lichfield Street lane reductions

From Monday 5 May Lichfield St will be reduced to one lane, due to works at the intersection of Lichfield and Durham streets. This will be in place for approximately two weeks. See the work notice for more information.

Montreal/Victoria/Salisbury intersection at clock tower

SCIRT is due to complete work in this area early next week. Once work is finished, Victoria St will open again at the clock tower.

Outside the Four Aves

Avondale bridge now open

Avondale bridge reopened on Friday 2 May. Thanks to everyone in Avondale who has had an extended detour. Avondale Road is expected to be sealed early next week.

Gayhurst Road bridge
A footbridge is being constructed prior to the bridge being demolished and rebuilt.

Breezes Road, Avondale
Road repairs that were due to start at the intersection of Avondale and Breezes Roads in late April were delayed until Monday 5 May due to bad weather. Motorists heading east towards Wainoni Road will be detoured via Niven and Eglinton streets for about four days. More work will follow.

Maffeys Road, Mt Pleasant

Maffeys Road will be closed for approximately one week, between 9am and 5pm only, for geotechnical investigation work. Residents will still have access to their properties.

McCormacks Bay Road one way

McCormacks Bay Road is open to one-way traffic eastbound (heading towards Redcliffs/Sumner) past the worksites. See the latest work notice.

Opawa Road (Hawford Road to Richardson Terrace) wastewater renewal work

Wastewater renewal work will start on Opawa Road between Hawford Road and Ford Road from Monday 5 May. Two way traffic will be maintained on Opawa Road through the use of traffic lights.

Centaurus/Wilsons Road roundabout

Centaurus Road continues to be one-way, westbound only, between Albert Terrace and Ramahana Road. The traffic lane is now on the left side of the road.
Albert Terrace is open at Centaurus Road for left hand turns only.

Innes Road, Mairehau, one-way for a day, during week of 5 May

Innes Road will be one-way, towards Hills Road, between Nancy Ave and Philpotts Road, between 10am and 3pm on one day during the week of 5 May (weather dependent). Traffic heading towards Cranford St will be detoured onto Philpotts Road, Knowles St, Nancy Ave and back onto Innes Road. This work was originally scheduled to be carried out during the school holidays, however bad weather meant that it had to be delayed.

Burwood Road closed outside Waitakiri School

Burwood Road remains closed to traffic either side of Waitakiri School. For more information, including detours in place, read the web story.


Thank you to everyone for being patient as SCIRT crews make progress city-wide, and to everyone who continues to go the extra mile to support their local retailers.
Safety is our number one priority – safety is your responsibility too. Be on the lookout for changed traffic conditions – such as temporary speed limits, detours, hazards or changed lanes.

Tips on ways to get around the central city


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