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Friday, April 1, 2011

Easing Christchurch traffic congestion

http://canterburyearthquake.org.nz/2011/03/25/easing-christchurch-traffic-congestion/

Easing Christchurch traffic congestion

Issued: 1800, Friday 25 March 2011

The February 22 earthquake damaged many local roads including key arterial routes throughout Christchurch. In addition, the displacement of residents from their homes has significantly altered traffic patterns, combined with changes to the locations of schools, businesses and shops.

The New Zealand Transport Agency and Christchurch City Council transport staff are working together on initiatives to improve traffic flows.

“The aim of these initial measures is to relieve congestion in the short term,” said Alan Beuzenberg, Manager Transport and Greenspace Christchurch City Council. “These initiatives are being introduced between now and the end of next week.”

 “The cooperation of motorists is crucial for this initiative to succeed,” said Colin Knaggs, NZ Transport Agency State Highway Manager – Canterbury.

Canterbury acting Road Policing Manager, Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder says that drivers need to follow basic road rules and be courteous to other road users.

“We are seeing far too many people speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and using hand-held cell-phones,” says Senior Sergeant Nalder.

 Range of initiatives: 


Moorhouse Avenue/Colombo Street IntersectionRepair Moorhouse Avenue overbridge and re-open.
Moorhouse Ave at Science AliveInstall safety barrier and reopen some west-bound lanes on Moorhouse Avenue.
Main South Road/ Symes Road IntersectionCreate merging lane for left turns out of Symes Road onto Main South Road.
Fitzgerald Avenue north of Avonside DriveRoad smoothing – to improve the road’s capacity to carry traffic.
Fitzgerald Avenue/Avonside Drive/Kilmore Street IntersectionRemove ability to turn right into, or out of,  Kilmore Street and Avonside Drive to, or from Fitzgerald Avenue.
Fendalton Road/Straven Road IntersectionRemove ability to turn right from Straven Road into Fendalton Road; establish two through lanes on Straven Road.
Main North Road/Northcote Road IntersectionRemoving parking spaces to extend the length of the four lane section of Northcote Road.
Hills Road/North Avon Road IntersectionCreate turn lanes on North Avon Road approach to Hills Road; Create merging lane for right turns out of North Avon onto Hills Road.
Blenheim Road/Clarence Street IntersectionExtend merge lanes on Clarence Street.
Linwood Avenue/Aldwins Road/Buckleys Road IntersectionPlan the reopening of lanes on Aldwins Road.
Avonside Drive/Stanmore Road IntersectionRepair approaches to Stanmore Road Bridge and place signs indicating alternative route from Avonside Drive to North Avon Road.
Ferry Road/Rutherford Street IntersectionCreate separate turn lanes on the Ferry Road west bound approach.
Idris Road/Glandovey Road IntersectionTemporary traffic signals on Glandovey Road to improve traffic flow on the Idris Road approaches.
Southern Fitzgerald AvenueRoad smoothing – to improve the road’s capacity to carry traffic.
Riccarton Rtoad/Clarence Street/Straven Road IntersectionRemoving parking spaces to merge lanes on Clarence Street and Straven Road.
Brougham Street/Ensors Road IntersectionRoad smoothing – to improve the road’s capacity to carry traffic.
Main North Road/Cranford Street IntersectionExtend merge lanes on Main North Road at the west bound departure.
Innes Road/Papanui Road/Heaton Street IntersectionChange signal operation.
Bridle Path Road/Port Hills Road IntersectionReconfigure corner to allow easier heavy vehicle movement.
Colombo Street/Tennyson Street/Strickland Street IntersectionFour-lane Colombo Street and twin right turn lanes on Strickland Street and Tennyson Street approaches.
Blenheim Road/Curletts Road IntersectionExtend merge lanes on Curletts Road northbound departure.
Ferry Road/Humphreys Drive IntersectionRoad repair and reopen lanes onto Humphreys Drive.
Greers Road/Harewood Road intersectionChange signal operation .
Moorhouse Avenue from Ferry Road to Fitzgerald AvenueFour lane Moorhouse Avenue between Ferry Road and Fitzgerald Avenue, remove ability to turn right into, or out of,   Lancaster Street, increase through lanes on westbound approach of Ferry Road.  Reopen lanes on Ferry Rd east of Wilsons Road
Deans Avenue/Kilmarnock Street IntersectionRoad smoothing – to improve the road’s capacity to carry traffic.
Avonside Drive/Linwood Avenue/Woodham Road IntersectionRoad smoothing – to improve the road’s capacity to carry traffic.
Brougham Street/Durham Street IntersectionEstablish two left turn lanes on Durham Street approach.
Riccarton Road from Deans Avenue to Mona Vale AvenueRemove parking spaces to extend the length of the four lane section on Riccarton Road
Papanui Road/ Bealey Avenue intersectionEstablish twin right turn lanes on Papanui Road.

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