Rebuilding Courtenay Drive

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The Council is planning the rebuild of the earthquake-damaged parts of Courtenay Drive, Charters Street and Wyber Place in Kaiapoi. Construction is expected to start on site in January 2018, with completion in mid-2018.


In December 2016 the Waimakariri Residential Red Zone Recovery Plan (the Recovery Plan) was approved. Now that it has been approved, the rebuild of Courtenay Drive and adjoining roads can get underway.

In March 2015 we asked the community for feedback on options for the rebuild of Courtenay Drive. One option was to rebuild Courtenay Drive on its current alignment, with some changes to the street design. Another option was to relocate Courtenay Drive between Charters Street and Wyber Place to run closer to the neighbouring community.

Ultimately the option adopted was to keep the road on the existing alignment. The key advantages of this option are that it costs about $1.3 million dollars less than relocating the road, and means that the underground services (such as water, sewer, stormwater, power, and communications) do not need to be moved.

The rebuild of Courtenay Drive, on its current alignment, was confirmed in the Recovery Plan. The Recovery Plan also shows a mix of rural activities and public space (Heritage and Mahinga Kai Area) on either side of Courtenay Drive.

Repair Works

Courtenay Drive will be rebuilt on its current alignment and will be 8m wide, with one lane in each direction. Along with replacement streetlights there will be a 2.5m wide shared footpath on one side of Courtenay Drive and a 1.8m path in Charters Street. There will be kerb and channel on both sides of the road.

Entrance ‘gateways’ are proposed where Courtenay Drive and Charters Street meet the residential areas. At these gateways the road narrows, but still maintains two-way traffic. There is a change in road surface (pavers may be used for example) along with plants and trees to enhance visual presence.

This narrowing and textured surface tells drivers that they are moving into an urban environment.There will also be pedestrian islands in the middle of Courtenay Drive to help people cross and link with key walking routes.


About 24 trees on the south-west side of the street between Douglas Dawson Place and Wyber Place will need to be removed to enable the shared path to be built. These trees were inspected earlier this year and most were found to be in poor condition.  New trees will be planted after the road rebuild has been completed in the next planting season.  We will be seeking feedback from the community on the tree species in the future.


As reported in May, asbestos was discovered in the lower layers of the road pavement on Courtenay Drive and Charters Street while excavating for sewer replacement works. A specialist sub-contractor was engaged to safely remove the contaminated material so that the sewer works could continue. Asbestos removal is an expensive activity and one that is best avoided from an environmental viewpoint. Council engineers have been working to redesign the road reconstruction works to minimise the potential for further disturbance of the asbestos. The rebuild of these roads is now expected to start on site in January 2018, with completion in mid-2018.

There will be several weeks between pipe repair works finishing (see Other Works) and the road works starting. This allows one contractor to move off-site and the next to set-up. A temporary road surface will be placed over any pipe trenches to allow Courtenay Drive to be still used by vehicles. This temporary surface will not be the final road rebuild.

Other works in Kaiapoi South

You may see other repair works happening in the Courtenay Drive area.

There is also a new sewer main being installed from Parnham Lane to Raven Quay (to link with an existing connection). The existing pipeline is located in an area that suffered earthquake damage and needs to be replaced. These works started in March 2017 and are due to be completed by October 2017.

Community Feedback 

We asked for community feedback on the roading design from 2 May to 24 May 2017.

We received one written submission who supported the roading design, and raised a concern about the road surface.

You can read the consultation feedback and the staff response here:

Consultation Feedback (pdf, 231.3 KB)