Contracts have been let to build anew NZ$240m section of motorway to the north of Christchurch and the NZ$195m second stage of the Southern Motorway.
Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland said that both motorways are critical for improving travel times for commuters, many of whom have rebuilt their homes to the north and south of Christchurch following the earthquakes. The schemes will also support the continued growth of Christchurch as a freight distribution centre and export hub for the South Island.
The Southern Motorway stage two will four-lane State highway 1, just north of Rolleston to near Robinsons Road. The contract has been awarded by the Transport Agency to a McConnell Dowell/Downer joint venture.
The new Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast. It will be built under an alliance contract between the NZ Transport Agency, Christchurch City Council, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Jacobs.