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  • 1 Sep 2016 - 3:31pm
    Beneath Christchurch streets there’s another pipe that’s flowing with something that’s becoming as important as water and waste - internet data. Synchronising SCIRT’s major upgrade of Christchurch’s horizontal infrastructure with Enable’s deployment of new fibre infrastructure wherever possible is helping to avoid community disruption and save money as both programmes roll out across the city.
  • 31 Aug 2016 - 9:18am
    At the top of one of Lyttelton’s steepest streets, an anchor buried two metres underground was the last thing SCIRT’s Fulton Hogan delivery team expected to dig up, even in the charming portside town. The anchor was unearthed while the delivery team was carrying out repairs to the wastewater, storm water and water supply networks throughout Lyttelton and the Bays. The crew discovered the 1.6 metre long cast iron anchor near the peak of Hawkhurst Road while repairing a pipe connecting to a brick barrel storm water pipe from 1885.
  • 30 Aug 2016 - 10:15am
    Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team’s (SCIRT) work in Merivale is progressing well with the first stage of repairing an earthquake-damaged manhole and wastewater pipe outside 23 Aikmans Road almost completed. SCIRT’s equipment and road cones are expected to be removed at the end of next week. The work has taken longer than first expected because of high ground water conditions encountered when excavating a trench around the manhole. More time was required to brace the manhole and keep the trench safe with a special shoring system.
  • 25 Aug 2016 - 5:48pm
    Quality nineteenth century ceramics and glassware have been discovered more than 1.5 metres underground in Richmond. The discovery was made while SCIRT’s McConnell Dowell delivery team was trenching this month in Sorensens Place, off Swanns Road, in order to build a manhole.  Deep inside a circular 19th century brick-lined well the crew found ceramics and glass bottles, ash, charcoal and the bones of animals.    The bricks of the well appeared at a depth of 1.48 metres and went deeper than the 2.45 metre depth needed for the manhole.
  • 25 Aug 2016 - 5:09pm
    Central City Please expect delays because major SCIRT works are starting at the intersection of Moorhouse Ave and Montreal St from Friday 26 August for up to 4 days to replace storm water pipes.
  • 18 Aug 2016 - 4:51pm
    Central City Expect delays at peak traffic times from Friday 26 August when major road works start at the intersection of Moorhouse Avenue and Montreal Street. The works to replace storm water pipes will go from Friday through until Monday 29 August. Traffic will not be able to turn right into Montreal Street from either direction on Moorhouse Avenue and Moorhouse Avenue will be reduced to two lanes in both directions near the worksite.
  • 15 Aug 2016 - 1:07pm
    SCIRT’s Fletcher delivery team devised an innovative solution to the risk of flooding on the complex heritage project of repairing and strengthening the 130-year-old Gloucester Street bridge. Initially, traditional scaffolding with a boarded and sealed deck was to be used for accessand environmental protection under the bridge while the team went about its work.
  • 11 Aug 2016 - 4:29pm
    Central City Stage 3 of SCIRT work on the Fitzgerald Avenue twin bridges is underway. SCIRT is relaying the wastewater main pipe across the intersection of Fitzgerald Ave, Kilmore St, and Avonside drive.
  • 11 Aug 2016 - 10:08am
    Christchurch has come a long way since the last portaloos faded from sight in late 2012. As Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) enters the final five months of its construction programme, it reflects on the huge amount of underground work carried out repairing the city’s sewerage system since SCIRT was set up in late 2011.
  • 4 Aug 2016 - 4:46pm
    Central City Stage 3 of SCIRT work on the Fitzgerald Avenue twin bridges begins the week of Monday 8 August for about 2 weeks. SCIRT is relaying the wastewater main pipe across the intersection of Fitzgerald Ave, Kilmore St, and Avonside drive.
  • 2 Aug 2016 - 4:33pm
    Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) is advising cyclists on Evans Pass Road that retaining wall work is starting Wednesday 3 August closing one lane about a third of the way up the popular cycle route above Sumner. Traffic lights will be in place from Wednesday to control traffic flow around the work site.  Warnings signs will also be placed at the bottom of Evans Pass Road and at the top to alert cyclists and vehicles about the project.
  • 2 Aug 2016 - 12:43pm
    1 August  Significant milestones SCIRT is on track to complete construction on it's five-year programme of repairs and rebuilding by December 2016. Read more.
  • 29 Jul 2016 - 3:37pm
    What’s going on underground in Aranui? SCIRT has been in the streets of Aranui on local’s doorsteps since late 2013 fixing earthquake damaged underground pipes. Plenty of progress has been made with the installation of the new vacuum wastewater system which is due to be completed in August this year. SCIRT’s City Care and Fletcher teams have been installing the new, more resilient, vacuum wastewater technology over the past two years to ensure that waste continues to flow the right way if Christchurch experiences further earthquakes.
  • 29 Jul 2016 - 3:16pm
    SCIRT’s Fulton Hogan delivery team is hitting the home stretch of earthquake repairs in Fendalton. Over the last 13 months dozens of crews have been repairing earthquake-damaged wastewater and freshwater pipes and small sections of road, footpath, kerb and channel. Ahead of schedule It’s an exciting time for project manager Reuben Saathof managing the repairs, originally scheduled to end in September, but now due to wrap up in a few weeks’ time, ahead of schedule.
  • 28 Jul 2016 - 5:02pm
    Sumner Evans Pass Rd above Sumner will be down to one lane around a SCIRT work site where a retaining wall is being rebuilt from Wednesday 3 August.
  • 28 Jul 2016 - 3:57pm
    The Gloucester Street Bridge is now halfway through its earthquake repairs by the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT). The 130 year old bridge, in the central city, was badly damaged in the 2011 and 2012 earthquakes and SCIRT’s Fletcher team began repairing the bridge in February this year. The heritage bridge was closed in June 2013 when engineers found that bolts pinning the structure together had sheared and it was no longer safe for traffic and pedestrian use.
  • 25 Jul 2016 - 4:14pm
    Good news Parklands: We are now more than half way through the extensive underground and roading earthquake repair programme in your part of the city. Late last year, SCIRT’s Downer and Fletcher teams began work in Parklands, the second largest project in the SCIRT rebuild programme, repairing storm water and wastewater pipes and kerb, footpath and roading.
  • 21 Jul 2016 - 6:02pm
    Central City Stage 2 of SCIRT work on the Fitzgerald Avenue twin bridges, the installation of a new manhole, continues.
  • 20 Jul 2016 - 2:08pm
    SCIRT is applying design changes to one of the city’s biggest wastewater pipes to make it more resilient for the future.   Two SCIRT delivery teams, Fletcher and Downer, are installing a new 1.25 kilometre section of the Northern Relief trunk wastewater main along Eveleyn Couzins Avenue in Richmond, under the Avon River and along Retreat Road in Avonside.    Siphon’s a big challenge   The project provides the opportunity t
  • 14 Jul 2016 - 5:07pm
    Central City Stage 2 of SCIRT work on the Fitzgerald Ave twin bridges, the installation of a new manhole, has started and will take about a week to complete.Two-way traffic is maintained on Fitzgerald Ave but there are no right turns across the intersection of Fitzgerald Ave, Avonside Drive and Kilmore St.    
  • 14 Jul 2016 - 10:41am
    Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT) passed another milestone this month. It is now 91% of the way through its programme. Formed in late 2011 to repair Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged underground pipe networks, roads and bridges, SCIRT is on track for construction to be completed on its five-year programme of repairs and rebuilding in December 2016. SCIRT is not just about road repairs – far from it.  In fact road repairs are about one-fifth of all the work SCIRT has done.
  • 7 Jul 2016 - 5:02pm
    Central City SCIRT works have started on the twin bridges on Fitzgerald Ave and will take about 3 months. Two-way traffic is maintained but watch for traffic management.
  • 1 Jul 2016 - 11:01am
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  • 30 Jun 2016 - 5:22pm
    Central City SCIRT works start on Monday 4 July on the twin bridges on Fitzgerald Ave for about 3 months. Two-way traffic is maintained but watch for traffic management.
  • 30 Jun 2016 - 9:53am
    You don’t think about all the underground pipes that service your property until something goes wrong - out of sight, out of mind. Deep under our roads and suburban gardens, pipes for fresh water, storm water and wastewater including sewerage are all underground working away behind the scenes. Across the city, SCIRT is repairing the city’s Council-owned pipes damaged by the earthquakes.  Feeding into these main pipes, are sewer and storm water lateral pipes on private property, and the repairs to those are the responsibility of homeowners.