Thursday, July 18, 2024

Christchurch opens city to sea path consultation

Christchurch City Council has announced three new safe road crossings for the City to Sea Pathway route.

Community feedback has opened on the proposals, which are part of the City to Sea Pathway – a planned 11-kilometre walking and cycling path that will follow the course of the Ōtākaro Avon River from Oxford Terrace in the central city to Pages Road in New Brighton.

The Council says the Pathway will be designed and constructed in three stages: 

  • Western section – from Fitzgerald Avenue to Kerrs Road;
  • Eastern section – from Kerrs Road to Wainoni Road;
  • Wainoni to Waitaki section – from Wainoni Road to Pages Road.

The western section will be constructed first and includes three new road crossings on Stanmore Road, Swanns Road and Gayhurst Road as well as two small car parks. It also includes the construction of Dallington Bridge.

Red Zone Manager, Dave Little says the pathway is expected to become a popular walking and cycling path.

“We’ve been working with mana whenua and key interest groups to finalise the route and inform the design,” he said.

“We’ve heard from the community that they currently feel unsafe when crossing some of the roads, due to poor visibility, high speeds, and no dedicated crossing points.” 

The road crossings will lower speeds and make it safer for pathway users, Mr Little said.

“We’re really excited to show the community what we’re planning and hear their feedback.”

The pathway is part of the Ōtākaro/Avon River Corridor Regeneration Plan and has been funded by central government through the Christchurch Regeneration Acceleration Facility (CRAF).

Click here to see the plans for the road crossings.

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