Construction on Christchurch’s busy Lincoln Road has wrapped up a month ahead of schedule and will see peak hour bus lanes and lowered speed limits operational by the end of October.
Christchurch City Council says work to install the bus lanes, replace the watermain and upgrade the Lincoln/Barrington/Whiteleigh intersection was scheduled to finish in time for Show Weekend.
However, with multiple crews working day and night, construction will be completed before Labour Weekend, Council says.
“The new bus lanes and a permanent 30km/h speed limit along Lincoln Road between Whiteleigh Avenue and Moorhouse Avenue will become operational once we receive the approvals from Waka Kotahi within the next two weeks,” Christchurch City Council Head of Transport, Lynette Ellis says.
“The bus lanes will give people a more reliable journey time making travel by bus a more attractive option. The Addington Village is a really busy hub of businesses and residential properties. The reduced speed will make Addington safer for people traveling through or visiting the area.”
The peak hour bus lanes will run on weekdays between 7am and 9am towards the city and between 3pm and 6pm towards Halswell.
There is also a peak hour bus lane on the south side of Moorhouse Avenue between Selwyn Street and Lincoln Road which will only operate between 3pm and 6pm during weekdays.
Driving for more than 50m in a bus lane during operating times can result in a $150 fine while parking in the bus lane while it is operational would see a $60 fine.
”There is a little bit of work left to do including line marking and ‘greening’ which will be completed as day work this week and night work next week, as well as final tidy-ups on the snag list,” Ms Ellis says.
“This is a significant project for the community which has a lot of businesses and visitors to the area and we’re really pleased to be able to get out of the way sooner than expected. We’re thankful to residents, businesses and the public for their patience while we completed these works.”