Work to complete the ‘missing link’ in Te Ara Ihutai Christchurch Coastal Pathway, which will allow pedestrians and cyclists to travel safely off-road all the way from Ferrymead to Scarborough, is about to get under way.
The final section runs from the east end of Redcliffs village around Moncks Bay to Shag Rock.
The makeover is due to start on 15 November 2021 and is expected to be finished in mid 2023.
Contractor Fulton Hogan has been appointed by Council to carry out the work.
Christchurch City Council Acting Head of Transport Lynette Ellis says this project will mean users can safely and easily travel the whole length of the Coastal Pathway, and appreciate the estuary environment – creating an attraction for residents and visitors.
“The existing sections of the pathway are very popular with around 5000 trips a week at the Ferrymead Bridge end, and we expect this number to grow with the path connected up.”
Christchurch Coastal Pathway Group Chairperson Hanno Sander says, “We’ve worked hard with the local community and Christchurch City Council to make this happen, and are proud to see our vision becoming reality.”
New drinking water, wastewater and stormwater pipes and power cables will be laid in Main Road in advance of the construction of the four-metre wide path. The path construction will be followed by the final road resurfacing and streetscape improvements.
New pedestrian crossing islands will be installed to improve safety for residents and Coastal Pathway users.
Ms Ellis says, “We’re making every effort to minimise disruption for residents, and road and path users while the work is carried out.
“The initial work will focus around the area between Wakatu Avenue and the Christchurch Yacht Club. We’ll be able to maintain two-way vehicle access and a pedestrian and cycle path while we do this work.
“After the busy summer season next year we’ll start the disruptive work around Moncks Bay. We expect night closures and Main Road will be down to one lane at various stages during construction, meaning there will be stop/go or traffic lights in place.
“We’ll maintain separate pedestrian and cycle access through the project although cyclists may need to walk their bikes through at times.”