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Sumner's next big link - Ferrymead bridge to the causeway

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SCIRT’s Fulton Hogan crews will be finishing off the causeway repairs over the next three weeks before moving along Main Road towards the Ferrymead Bridge.  This project, which will run for 18 months, includes earthquake repairs as well as road enhancements along Main Road. The project runs for less than a kilometre, from the end of the Ferrymead bridge project (contracted to Heb as far as Scott Park near the yacht club rooms) through to the causeway.  Although the length is not very long, the intersection improvements and other work in the coastal area means this will not be a quick fix.

Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout.

What will happen on Main Road?

• Like the causeway project, the damaged culverts that run under the road will be replaced with new polyethylene pipes.

• A new seawall will be built along the length of the project.

• Some damaged wastewater pipes will be replaced.

• The road will be reconstructed to remove the humps.

• The rebuild will include a second city-bound lane which will help to alleviate the existing traffic hold-ups where road users from Mount Pleasant meet up with traffic from Sumner.

• Fulton Hogan will also build the new four metre wide coastal pathway along the new seawall to connect to the causeway section of pathway.

Maintaining two-way access to Sumner and Redcliffs
Fulton Hogan will make sure two-way traffic and cycle lanes are maintained throughout the project to encourage people to visit the beach as they normally would, particularly over summer. Traffic lanes will be moved around the carriageway depending on where the crews are working.

Drivers are asked to take it slowly and be on the lookout for changes in traffic management. There will also be a reduced speed limit in place so if you’re commuting from Sumner please allow extra time.   However, the delays should not be that different to what commuters are currently experiencing with the Ferrymead Bridge reconstruction and the McCormacks Bay Road detour for the causeway work.

The causeway will be reopened to traffic before Fulton Hogan begins this next stage of Main Road.

The first stage of work and traffic considerations

• From November, Fulton Hogan crews will begin building the new seawall from the eastern side of Scott Park up towards the causeway.

• At the same time earthquake-damaged services that run under the road, the wastewater pipes and stormwater culverts, will be replaced in night shifts to reduce traffic impact.

• Once the seawall is in place and the road constructed on the estuary side, traffic will be diverted onto the new section and work will begin to repair the residential side of the road.

• There are intersection safety improvements as well as enhancements for pedestrians, bus users and cyclists included in this SCIRT project.

• The new section of the four metre wide coastal pathway is eagerly anticipated by many people – particularly cyclists and people enjoying the journey along the estuary to the beach.

• This work will be disruptive over the next 18 months, but the end result will be well worth it.

If you’d like to see the plans for Main Road three laning and earthquake repairs please see the work notice.    If you have any further questions please give the Fulton Hogan communications team a call on 0800 277 34 34.


Published: 07 October 2013