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  • 19 Sep 2014 - 1:19pm
    On a misty morning last week, SCIRT’s Downer crew working on the Armagh Street bridge joined forces with a tram engineer and driver from Welcome Aboard, to put one of Christchurch’s iconic trams to the test.    The restaurant tram, which is the longest of the trams, was towed across the bridge to make sure it would clear the crest (‘hump’) in the middle of the bridge.   Downer site engineer, Tom Harding-Ilott explains that originally the tram tracks were pinned to the brick barrel of the bridge.
  • 18 Sep 2014 - 6:44am
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  • 17 Sep 2014 - 3:45pm
    SCIRT’s Downer team has won a Green Ribbon Award for their exceptional environmental efforts. Downer was one of three finalists in the Caring for our water award category and recently they were announced the winner.    The Green Ribbon Awards are held annually by the Ministry for the Environment. The aim of the awards is to recognise the outstanding contributions of individuals, organisations, businesses and communities to protecting and enhancing New Zealand's environment.
  • 17 Sep 2014 - 2:48pm
    Good news for people living in the Beckenham Loop – the area encircled by the Heathcote River/ Opawaho, with Birdwood Ave and Norwood St  along the spine:  All of the hard, high impact jobs in this wastewater catchment are done. SCIRT’s  Fulton Hogan team has been working to repair the earthquake-damaged wastewater pipes in Beckenham since February 2014, replacing or repairing damaged sections of the wastewater network.    Many sections of the wastewater pipes were so earthquake-damaged that they needed to be completely dug up.
  • 17 Sep 2014 - 12:36pm
    If you walk around Mt Pleasant, McCormacks Bay and Redcliffs, it’s hard to avoid the sound of builders working to repair or rebuild the local houses or contractors replacing damaged pipes under the road, or rebuilding retaining walls.
  • 12 Sep 2014 - 5:09pm
    KEY AREAS – changing or new traffic management   Overnight, Saturday morning closure Durham St, between Lichfield and Tuam Streets (Justice Precinct concrete pour) Durham St between Lichfield and Tuam will be closed from 1am - 11am, Saturday 12 September. For more details read this story.
  • 12 Sep 2014 - 4:05pm
    SCIRT’s monthly traffic management awards are all about recognising the hard-working individuals responsible for managing traffic on SCIRT sites.    Their job is to make sure everyone gets through and around road work sites safely and with minimum delay. The traffic management system in place must also protect SCIRT’s crews, working closely to moving cars and trucks.
  • 12 Sep 2014 - 2:18pm
    Sumner drivers will notice a night-time detour along Humphreys Drive, around the Avon-Heathcote Estuary/ Ihutai, from 15 September for six weeks.   The road will be closed to traffic 7 pm to 6 am, open during the day to two-way traffic*, but slower around the work sites.   SCIRT’s City Care team will be working every night from the traffic lights at Ferry Road/ Humphreys Drive around the estuary to the Linwood Ave/ Dyers Road intersection.
  • 11 Sep 2014 - 3:23pm
    Christchurch drivers who use the Kilmarnock St/ Kahu Road/ Kotare St route from Hagley Park towards the university each day will need to pick a different route from 22 September. (The week before the school holidays).   SCIRT’s McConnell Dowell team will be repairing the Kahu Road bridge near Christchurch Boys’ High School, past Riccarton/ Deans Bush.
  • 5 Sep 2014 - 2:56pm
    GOOD NEWS – roads reopening Keyes Road/ Bowhill Road, North New Brighton, intersection – reopening This intersection opens this weekend, 6 and 7 September. Thanks to residents and business owners.
  • 3 Sep 2014 - 12:32pm
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  • 2 Sep 2014 - 3:11pm
    Houston, we have feedback.  Two engineering-minded readers got back to SCIRT with answers to a question in last week’s e-newsletter on the Armagh St bridge repair story.  Ie, what was the purpose of all the offcuts of leather found in a thick layer under the Armagh St bridge’s tarsealed top surface?
  • 2 Sep 2014 - 11:12am
    One of City Care’s traffic supervisors got mentioned by his nickname “Grandad” in the Te Whanau o Whakapono (a family trust) newsletter recently.    Working on Wilsons Road, Opawa/Hillsborough, Paul Hadfield’s daily presence as City Care crews replaced the broken pipes and then re-established the Centaurus/ Wilsons Road roundabout has been hard to miss.    As well as his cheerful face, he wears an unmissable visor with his hard hat.    Paul Hadfield, traffic controller, aka Grandad.
  • 2 Sep 2014 - 10:02am
    In a week where the Christchurch Press gave SCIRT a pat on the back for getting to the 50% construction completion mark in its infrastructure work programme, we also got a reminder of a CTV video about the city’s rebuild symbol – the orange road cone.    CTV made its film along the lines of a David Attenborough documentary earlier this year, with Grant Mangin’s dead pan delivery on the mark.
  • 29 Aug 2014 - 5:11pm
    The new pressure main that runs from Main Road near the Redcliffs moa cave around McCormacks Bay Road has been successfully tested and commissioned.
  • 29 Aug 2014 - 4:51pm
    KEY AREAS - changing traffic management  Sumner drivers heading to the city Saturday morning: Ferry Road detour  Ferry Road will be one way (towards Sumner) for up to six hours Saturday 30 August, 6 am to midday, Rutherford St/ Palinurus Road to the Dyers/ Tunnel Road roundabout.
  • 27 Aug 2014 - 12:26pm
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  • 26 Aug 2014 - 3:05pm
    SCIRT’s Fletcher team has been working on Soleares Ave, Mt Pleasant, over the last ten months on a major rock stabilisation project. The road is now ready to reopen to traffic from Monday, 1 September. As this road opens, another road onto the hill - Mt Pleasant Road - closes at the same time so its retaining wall can be rebuilt.
  • 26 Aug 2014 - 1:04pm
    SCIRT staff and a local Riccarton High School student featured in a video made earlier this year to show students what is involved in training for a career in civil engineering. SCIRT training manager Mason Tolerton organised the day at SCIRT – inside and outside.
  • 26 Aug 2014 - 11:33am
    As well as celebrating the Lyttelton Tunnel’s half century and its earthquake resilence this Sunday, 31 August, SCIRT’s Horotane overpass twin bridges rebuild is also part of the fun. SCIRT’s Fletcher crew have worked on the twin bridges infrastructure and transport route project over the past two years. The Horotane Valley overbridges provide access to Lyttelton via the tunnel, and the region’s port.
  • 26 Aug 2014 - 11:18am
    It isn’t everyday a road tunnel authority tells people to grab a gold coin and walk, cycle or skateboard through a two kilometre tunnel, normally restricted to cars and trucks.
  • 25 Aug 2014 - 3:03pm
    Repairing one of Christchurch’s old bridges is proving to be a study in forensics for SCIRT’s Downer site engineer Tom Harding-Ilott.  The latest head-scratching discovery is a 20mm thick layer of compacted leather offcuts found next to a layer of clay material, beneath the asphalt surface. It’s as if the Victorian bridge builders wanted to find a use for shoe factory offcuts – to waterproof the layers underneath them or for shock absorption to protect the bricks?
  • 22 Aug 2014 - 3:57pm
    TIPS The Four Avenues - Bealey, Fitzgerald, Deans and Moorhouse are reliable routes around the city. Moorhouse is currently reduced to two lanes eastbound Antigua to Montreal St so expect delays peak hours. Montreal St intersection is a pinch point but should be back to two lanes soon. For north/south travel inside the city’s Four Aves, Durham St and Montreal St have less roadworks than the east side one-ways, Barbadoes and Madras.
  • 21 Aug 2014 - 12:49pm
    Christchurch City Council recently changed the way SCIRT installs pressure wastewater systems.   Property owners yet to have pressure wastewater tanks installed now have two options.
  • 14 Aug 2014 - 4:22pm
    CENTRAL CITY - NEW WORK Durham St, Salisbury to Kilmore The old manholes on Durham St need to be decommissioned so expect delays the week of 18 August. No westbound traffic through the Durham/ Peterborough intersection.