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Frequently Asked Questions - traffic management

Why are there so many 30 km/h speed limits in place?
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Lower speed limits are in place on roads in some earthquakes-damaged areas. This is to prevent any further deterioration in road surface and because excess speed and uneven surfaces can shake nearby houses. The reduced speed limit will remain in place until the road has been repaired.

What effect will the infrastructure rebuild have on roads?
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We've repaired some roads only temporarily to make them passable. There will be many more permanent repairs required to roads in future, once the pipes beneath the roads have been repaired. It is important to be on the lookout for changed conditions. Be a responsible road user by:

  • being on the look out for cyclists who may not be able to keep so far left
  • keeping at or below the current speed limits
  • slowing down when passing other road users
  • looking ahead for upcoming obstacles
  • indicating intentions to others earlier
  • allowing extra time in case of detours or heavy traffic.
If I can’t get my car onto my property during the repair where should I park it?
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Due to the nature of the repair works, you may temporarily not be able to access your property by vehicle. SCIRT will work with residents to find a suitable car parking location prior to works beginning.

Will you reopen the road once the adjacent retaining wall is repaired?
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In most cases, once the retaining wall is repaired, and all safety issues resolved, the road will be reopened.

How will you manage the traffic during the rebuild of retaining walls?
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A Traffic Management Plan will be put in place for each work site when traffic is affected. The goal with temporary traffic management is to strike a balance between safety and convenience. While safety around SCIRT worksites is the number one priority, it is also important to minimise disruption to residents and road users.

A number of temporary traffic changes will be needed where walls are being rebuilt, mainly for the safety of workers and the community. This may include temporary road closures and detours. On street parking may be reduced where work is underway.

What happens with traffic when you are working in my area?
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Given the size of the infrastructure rebuild it is likely that the impacts on the traffic network will be both citywide, i.e. covering a wider area, and localised, i.e. confined to a specific street. SCIRT works closely with the asset owners Christchurch City Council and New Zealand Transport Agency in its planning and prioritisation process and carefully considers the sequence of work and other rebuild projects to minimise the impacts on traffic where possible.

You will need to keep informed of traffic issues both citywide and locally. Look out for traffic information on the website which shows major works, road closures and events. This information will help you find the quickest and safest route around the city. Also, if there are rebuild works proposed in your street, look out for the works notice you will receive before the construction begins. This notice will outline any temporary traffic changes in your street during construction. We ask that you take care when driving through the city, particularly around work areas, and be aware of any temporary traffic management.