Roads Are the First Priority for the Recovery Plan

Published: 15-May-2017

With the Minister’s approval of the Recovery Plan in December 2016 Council are keen to get started on the long-awaited roading work in the Kaiapoi East and Kaiapoi South regeneration areas.

Road Sign Recovery PlanFor Courtenay Drive and Charters Street, the work will involve a rebuild of the damaged sections of road on the current alignment with a number of roading design features. As this work is contained within the existing road corridor, it is anticipated the work will be underway by August and finished by December 2017.

In and around the Kaiapoi East regeneration area there will be a new road link between Feldwick Drive and Cass Street. Also in this area, Moore Street and Blackwell Crescent will become no-through roads. However, before this work can begin, Council needs to secure the land from the Crown. Council is progressing the design of the new road link while working with the Crown (Land Information New Zealand) to fast-track the transfer of the land needed for this roading work.

The roading contract for Kaiapoi East is expected to be awarded in December 2017, with work starting in January / February 2018 and finishing in August 2018.

Councillor Al Blackie, Chair of the Regeneration Steering Group comments, “Thanks to those who have waited patiently for years. To quote Churchill, this is not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning."

Residents and property owners in and around Kaiapoi East and Kaiapoi South received flyers in early May detailing what the roading repair and replacement works involve. 

Council is keen to hear back from residents about these roading plans. There will be staffed information sessions at the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre on Thursday 11 May 5pm to 7pm, and at the Gray Crescent Reserve (Blackwell Crescent end) on Saturday 13 May 1.30pm – 2.30pm.

Other works are also underway in the Kaiapoi South and Kaiapoi East regeneration areas to repair earthquake-damaged infrastructure.  This work involves repairs to the water, sewer and stormwater networks, which started in May 2017 and will continue for the rest of the year.

For more information about these roading plans visit the Ruataniwha Kaiapoi Civic Centre or the Council’s website; www.waimakariri.govt.nz/regeneration