A $140 million four-lane motorway officially opened in
Christchurch today was a "remarkable achievement" given the
city's earthquake damage and disruption, Transport Minister
Gerry Brownlee said.
Stage one of the Christchurch Southern Motorway is the South
Island's first Road of National Significance.
The new 8km of motorway and 2.5 km upgrade of Halswell
Junction Rd, which runs between Collins St and Halswell
Junction Rd and then along Halswell Junction Rd, was
completed within three years - ahead of schedule and on
It will provide a quicker route between the central city,
Lyttelton Port and south-west Christchurch, while helping
ease traffic congestion in Hornby and Blenheim Rd, and
improving access to industrial areas.
"This motorway will not only provide much needed extra
capacity to cope with the rapid traffic growth experienced
throughout the city, it will also enable the long-term growth
of the region's economy by reducing travel times and the
costs of moving freight and people," Mr Brownlee said.
Mr Brownlee says the $800m Christchurch Roads of National
Significance (RoNS) highway construction programme is the
most ambitious ever seen in the South Island.
The Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 1 is the first to be
completed of a package of roading projects that make up the
RoNS programme in New Zealand's second largest city.