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Short delays State Highway 7, North Canterbury, in September – allow extra travel time


The NZ Transport Agency advises people travelling on SH7 between Waipara and Waikari, north of Christchurch, to expect short delays this month, as work continues to improve safety on the route.

Stop/go traffic management and speed restrictions will be in place at times while contractors dig out the road shoulders and widen the road to prepare for safety barriers to be installed.

Delays of up to five minutes are possible and drivers are encouraged to allow extra travel time.

The work is part of the SH7 Waipara to Waikari Safety Improvements project. 

It includes safety barriers to help stop people dying or being seriously injured in a crash, and rumble strips to give drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the line. New signs to warn drivers of risks such as sharp corners and bridges will also be installed, along with other improvements such as wider road shoulders and road markings that are easier to see at night and in the wet.

More information about the SH7 Waipara to Waikari Safety Improvements can be found here: link)

More information about the Safe Roads work here: link)