Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild news 5

Posted 26 Aug 2011 by SCIRT Popular

 

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild team

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team is charged with repairing and rebuilding the city’s earthquake damaged horizontal infrastructure – that’s hundreds of kilometres of roads, wastewater pipes and water mains.

The team is a mix of people from diverse organisations and occupations who are working together to get the best outcome for the people of Christchurch. If you would like to know more about our team go the team profiles page


The scale of the task ahead

Rebuilding the hundreds of kilometres of pipes and roads is a big task and a programme of this scale has never before been undertaken in New Zealand.

Work has been underway for many months and many broken or blocked wastewater and water networks have been temporarily repaired to allow services to be restored to homes and businesses. Permanent repairs are also being carried out and planning is underway to ensure the permanent rebuild of all of the city’s earthquake damaged parks, roads and wastewater and water networks is undertaken to deliver the best value for money.

This is a long term programme, which is expected to take approximately five years. During this time you can expect Christchurch to be a hive of construction activity, as we work to rebuild our city’s infrastructure.


Brooklands roading repair

The ongoing Canterbury earthquakes caused substantial damage to underground services beneath Lower Styx Road in Brooklands, which also affected the road surface. The Downer team, working as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team, has been undertaking a temporary reseal of the Council owned roads to make them safe for residents.

Brooklands roading repair

The ongoing Canterbury earthquakes caused substantial damage to underground services beneath Lower Styx Road in Brooklands, which also affected the road surface.   

Lower Styx Road before the road repair 

Lower Styx Road during the reseal

The Downer team working as part of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team has been undertaking a temporary reseal of the Council owned roads to make them safe for residents.   

The repair involves making the roads safer by reshaping the carriageway to achieve a smoother driving surface and allowing water to drain to the sides of the road. This is achieved by grinding and loosening the existing road surface, adding extra gravel layers, followed by grading, compacting and sealing. All existing material is reused on site using this method of construction.

The milling machine followed by the grader

The reseal of Lower Styx Road

The repair will be completed at the end of August 2011.  Thank you to Brooklands residents for their patience while this work has been undertaken.


Working together

As we rebuild our damaged infrastructure there are a few key things to keep in mind:

  • Construction work can be disruptive and we will do our best to reduce the impacts of our work. This can be done in a number of ways – thinking about how and when we work, managing traffic around the work site, letting neighbouring residents, schools and businesses know that work is about to start. We will ensure your property is accessible when it needs to be if you please let us know about any special access needs that you have, such as Nurse Maude visits.
  • Our work crews are here to get our essential services back on line, and while it’s critical that we restore permanent services as soon as possible, safety has to be our number one priority. We have set the highest safety standards in the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team – so our workers will be well trained and highly visible, but they are not bullet proof! Please be alert near work sites and following instructions and temporary speed limits.
  • Traffic detours and temporary speed reductions are put in place as a safety measure. Unfortunately they can also add time to your journey. We will try to advise you when we need to change the normal flow of traffic but please plan your journey and allow extra time to get to your destination if you need to.
  • We know that worksites can be interesting places – your children may well be curious about them. Please keep them at a safe distance from the works and help them understand the dangers. You may also find that footpaths are sometimes temporarily closed on the way you usually walk to school, works or the shops, so please take extra care. We appreciate your patience as you move around our work sites.

Let’s stay safe together


Keeping in touch

The people of Christchurch are at the heart of this infrastructure rebuild programme. Our goal is to keep you informed. If you would like more information, including details about specific work underway in your neighbourhood, keep an eye on these places:

Letterbox - we will deliver a Works Notice to neighbouring properties before we begin work, so you know that work is about to begin.

Online - our website http://www.strongerchristchurch.govt.nzwill be kept updated

Email – you can sign up for our e-newsletter Stronger Christchurch e-newsletter

Newspapers – we will be placing regular updates in the local newspapers

In your community – we will be getting out into our communities to talk to people about this project. This will range from displays at expos to regularly updated displays in our public libraries and a range of community facilities.

 

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