New Zealand invests $435M in two motorway projects

WCN Editorial Team 12 Aug 2016 OCEANIA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

The government of New Zealand has committed $435M for the construction of the new Christchurch Northern Corridor and the second stage of the Christchurch Southern Motorway.


The $240M Christchurch Northern Corridor will be built to the east of Belfast, from the Waimakairiri River to Cranford Street. The project will facilitate North Canterbury commuters travelling into Christchurch.

The $195M second stage of the Southern Motorway project will transform the State Highway 1 into four lanes, north of Rolleston. The contract for this second stage has been awarded to a joint venture between McConnell Dowell and Downer.


According to NZ Transport Agency southern regional director Jim Harland, both motorways will help improve travel times and support the growth of Christchurch as an important freight distribution centre and export hub.

These are the two last Christchurch Motorways projects to be built under the government’s Roads of National Significance programme.

Construction on the projects is expected to commence in October, and be completed within four years.

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