Canterbury Highway May Re-Open


The last remaining highway in Canterbury closed by earthquake damage may open later today.

State Highway 74, one of the main routes into the Port of Lyttelton, has remained closed since Saturday’s quake while repairs are carried out on the road foundation.

NZTA Canterbury Highways Operations Manager Peter Connors says NZTA is aware of the importance of this key freight corridor into the Port of Lyttelton and we are working hard to open it as soon as possible, but before that can occur, it has to be certain there is no risk to road users.

In the meantime, a detour using local roads is available for light vehicles, and all heavy commercial vehicles travelling to the Port of Lyttelton are asked to detour via SH 1 Johns Road to SH73 Yaldhurst Road and Brougham Street”

The Chaney’s Road on-ramp on to State Highway 1 north of Christchurch could re-open before the end of the week.

State Highway 77 in Mid Canterbury is open with a two kilometre signposted detour from Glentunnel to Glenroy, where there is substantial subsidence in the road. This detour will remain in place for some time.

All rail lines are now open. The Rangiora–Christchurch, Rolleston–Cass, and Middleton– Ashburton lines are all operating with speed restrictions to manage the risk posed by aftershocks.

Bus services have recommenced into Christchurch CBD, but will stop short of the restricted area. Drop off points are short of the city cordon and are subject to change as the situation in the city changes.

All 678 buildings in the CBD have been assessed. Sixty–nine percent have been assessed as safe and others rated as either safe only for limited access or unsafe. The central business district of Kaiapoi is still being assessed with approximately 22 buildings still deemed too dangerous to enter. Demolitions are underway for some critical inner city buildings.
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