Commuter delays

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn commuters are being warned to expect lengthy delays with changes being made to the Russley Road and Memorial Avenue airport intersection this weekend.

The team working on the $112 million Russley Road upgrade are removing the large, temporary roundabout and replacing it with a new signalised intersection.

NZ Transport Agency transport system manager Pete Connors said the permanent change means traffic will be able to travel to and from Christchurch International Airport under the new Gateway Bridge for the first time.

“There will be lengthy delays of up to 20 minutes at the Russley Road/Memorial Avenue airport intersection as part of the Western Corridor project reaches a key milestone. “Drivers can avoid delays by taking the suggested detour routes.”

Mr Connors said the change will allow the project team to complete the new road on top of the bridge as they work to complete the overall project. The Russley Road upgrade is one of the six sections of the $350 million Western Corridor upgrade from Belfast to Hornby to a four-lane, median-separated highway. Three of the six sections are finished, with the remaining three underway.

“It is on track to be completed by early 2018, months ahead of schedule.”