The Sumner Road reopening project, jointly funded by NZ Transport Agency and Christchurch City Council, will see this important roading link opened again. The road is a lifeline route for Christchurch, economically important as the link between Lyttelton Port and the city, and a popular recreational space with tourists and cyclists.
The re-opening of the road will help in limiting night-time closures of Lyttelton Tunnel and provide better access for the harbourside community.
The $12.21M contract has been awarded to McConnell Dowell (partnering with BECA, Doug Hood Mining and Geovert) for geohazard risk mitigation works around Crater Rim Bluffs, at the top of Sumner Road. It’s the largest contract within the Sumner-Lyttelton Corridor programme, which aims to mitigate geohazards for road users and return the road corridor between the Sumner side of the causeway and Lyttelton to its pre-quake level of service.
The works within this contract are expected to take 20 months and be completed in early 2018.