Major road works get underway on SH1 Russley Road this weekend – expect delays


The NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists to plan ahead and expect delays this weekend, with major road works to be carried out on the Russley Road/ Memorial Ave temporary roundabout, as work on the $112 million Russley Road Upgrade continues.

Lane closures and other traffic management will be in place from 7pm, Friday January 27 until 6am, Monday January 30 to allow contractors to reconstruct the road through the intersection. 

The NZ Transport Agency advises motorists to expect delays and allow an extra 20 minutes travel time.

“Traffic will be closely monitored to try to reduce delays however people should plan ahead and allow extra travel time, especially if they are heading to Christchurch International Airport,” acting Transport Agency Highway Manager Colin MacKay says.

“Motorists are reminded to keep to the speed limit and drive with extra care and attention while these changes are in place.”

The planned works are weather dependent and may be postponed until the following weekend if necessary.

The Russley Road (SH1) Upgrade is a key part of the Government’s $900 million Christchurch Motorways programme. It involves upgrading Russley Road (SH1) to a four-lane highway and the construction of a major interchange at the Russley Road/Memorial Avenue intersection that includes a gateway arch designed to welcome travellers to Christchurch city.

Work is progressing well and the project is on track to be finished in 2018. 

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