Western Belfast Bypass open day
Several hundred people walked, ran and cycled Canterbury’s newest stretch of motorway ahead of its opening next month.
The New Zealand Transport Agency held an open day for Christchurch’s Western Belfast Bypass on Sunday, with people able to get a look at the 4km bypass before it opens to traffic in stages.
Bypassing Belfast, the new four-lane stretch of highway extends the Christchurch Northern Motorway and connects into State Highway 1 Johns Road, west of The Groynes entrance. The project also includes three new bridges, off-road walking and cycling facilities and a new-look entrance to The Groynes recreation area.
Traffic will be switched onto the new bypass in stages from early November. This staged opening will allow the project team to complete the final parts of the project, such as connecting the bypass up to the existing road network and carrying out surfacing work on the on/off ramps.
A northbound lane (heading towards Picton) will open to traffic first, followed by a southbound lane (heading towards Christchurch International Airport) about a week later.
Weather dependent, all lanes are expected to open to traffic in December 2017. The team will be back to lay the final low noise asphalt surfacing in spring 2018.