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Mayoral approval .. Hurunui Mayor Marie Black, second from left, joined Waimakariri Mayor Dan Gordon, fourth from left, as well as councillors and council staff from the region, in an inspection of the Christchurch Northern Corridor last week. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By DAVID HILL

Dan Gordon is impressed by progress on the Christchurch Northern Corridor.

The Waimakariri Mayor was joined by Hurunui Mayor Marie Black and Waimakariri district and Christchurch city councillors and council staff in an inspection of developments on State Highway 1 north of Christchurch and into the city.

“I was really impressed with their project management. It’s a big project with new (flyover) bridges and subways,” Mr Gordon says. “For our district, it’s going to be a game-changer, particularly with the cycle way.”

The $290 million project, scheduled for completion in December, includes the triple-laning of the northern motorway for both northbound and southbound traffic between Belfast and Tram roads, strengthening of bridges, the four-laning of Cranford St in Christchurch, and the Belfast-to-Kaiapoi cycleway.

The third southbound lane will be a high occupancy lane, for multi-passenger vehicles and buses.

Mr Gordon was particularly impressed with the steel beams placed under the State Highway 1 Waimakariri River road bridge.

“It’s making sure the Waimakariri bridge is going to be safer and last for a long time.”

“I’m very impressed with where the project is at. They were certainly a bit behind with Covid, but they look to be well on track for mid-December,” Mr Gordon says.

There is also an extensive landscaping project, with 630,000 plants being planted along the corridor.

Work on the park-and-ride facilities in Rangiora and Kaiapoi is scheduled to begin in January.