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The Waimakariri Mayor was joined by Hurunui Mayor Marie Black and Waimakariri district and Christchurch city councillors and council staff in an inspection of developments on State Highway 1 north of Christchurch and into the city.
"I was really impressed with their project management.
"It’s a big project with new (flyover) bridges and subways,” Gordon says.
“For our district, it’s going to be a game-changer, particularly with the cycle way.”
The $290 million project, scheduled for completion in December, includes the triple-laning of the northern motorway for both northbound and southbound traffic between Belfast and Tram roads, strengthening of bridges, the four-laning of Cranford St in Christchurch, and the Belfast-to-Kaiapoi cycleway.
The third southbound lane will be a high occupancy lane, for multi-passenger vehicles and buses.
Gordon was particularly impressed with the steel beams placed under the State Highway 1 Waimakariri River road bridge.
"It’s making sure the Waimakariri bridge is going to be safer and last for a long time.”
"I’m very impressed with where the project is at.
"They were certainly a bit behind with Covid, but they look to be well on track for mid-December,” Gordon says.
There is also an extensive landscaping project, with 630,000 plants being planted along the corridor.
Work on the park-and-ride facilities in Rangiora and Kaiapoi is scheduled to begin in January.