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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 link to 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
    Thank you for subscribing to SCIRT's e-newsletter. We aim to publish regularly. We are always keen to receive your feedback so if you have any comments, please send them to us at Twitter comment is @SCIRT_info To unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page.
  • 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.
  • 14 Aug 2014 - 3:45pm
    Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee announced the half-way mark for the SCIRT infrastructure rebuild programme today and thanked the crews for the work they are doing, often in difficult conditions. “The repair and rebuild of the city’s roads, bridges and underground services is essential in the city getting back on its feet, and people having confidence in the services to their homes and businesses,” Mr Brownlee says.
  • 13 Aug 2014 - 10:34am
    Thank you for subscribing to SCIRT's e-newsletter. We aim to publish regularly. We are always keen to receive your feedback so if you have any comments, please send them to us at Twitter comment is @SCIRT_info To unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page.
  • 12 Aug 2014 - 1:00pm
    A group of boys at Christ’s College got a tour of SCIRT’s Bridge of Remembrance and Triumphal Arch site recently as thanks for the part they played in making a hands-on model of the Arch. The model-making was part of a technology class project.
  • 12 Aug 2014 - 10:24am
    A decision about how the wastewater network will be repaired in the Parklands and North New Brighton area has still not been made. More information is needed first so that all options can be reconsidered. Here’s the latest update on where things are at.   The story so far Back in late 2012 SCIRT checked the damage to the wastewater system in the Parklands and North New Brighton area.
  • 11 Aug 2014 - 4:14pm
    With more and more of the world reading its news online, it’s nice to know that an emailed newsletter, edited in the US, and describing itself as “Breakthroughs, trends and innnovations from cities around the globe” put Christchurch on its front page this month. Christchurch Press writer and freelancer David Killick was asked by Citiscope magazine, edited in Washington, DC, to write a feature: “Concentrating on SCIRT and innovative solutions to repairing and replacing infrastructure.”
  • 11 Aug 2014 - 1:46pm
    The Avon River/ Ōtākaro, near the Avondale Bridge, is changing shape. Three willow trees have been removed from the river’s edge to help make the river safer for river users like rowers and kayakers.
  • 11 Aug 2014 - 1:31pm
    As well as trenches and pipes,  SCIRT crews are also getting stuck in to some exciting structural projects – retaining walls being one of them.  A small publicly-owned retaining wall on Mt Pleasant would have to be one of the most scenic sites to work from in the city. SCIRT’s Downer engineer Harry Brand enjoys daily sea and estuary views on Seamount Terrace, with the most spectacular sunrises all right from the worksite. Recently, his team also got a little help from the higher-tech side of site assessment – camera-mounted drones.
  • 8 Aug 2014 - 3:49pm
    CENTRAL CITY - new work sites Hospital corner night work 7 pm to 6 am On Monday and Tuesday nights, 11 and 12 August, SCIRT’s McConnell Dowell team will be working on the wastewater pipes at “hospital corner.” This is the traffic light intersection at  Hagley and Riccarton Aves/ Tuam St and Oxford Terrace.
  • 6 Aug 2014 - 11:47am
    A man in orange has been patrolling Christchurch’s Central City streets over the last few months with a vision to make the area within the four avenues a better and safer place for road users.
  • 6 Aug 2014 - 11:27am
      Thank you for subscribing to SCIRT's Central City e-newsletter. We aim to publish regularly. We are always keen to receive your feedback so if you have any comments, please send them to us at Twitter comment is @SCIRT_info
  • 1 Aug 2014 - 12:54pm
    Central City Durham St North – intermittent delays over next few weeks SCIRT’s Fletcher team has completed wastewater work between Kilmore and Armagh Streets. However, there is final road finishing work which may lead to occasional lane reductions. Please be on the lookout in the next few weeks.