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Last modified: 22 Jun 2021 9:55am

An aerial view of the Springs Marshs roundabout construction

Construction for the new Prebbleton roundabouts is moving into the next phase as work on the redesigned roads begins.

Isaac Construction Ltd began work in March to build the two-lane roundabouts and other road works needed at the Springs Road/Marshs Road and Shands Road/Blakes Road intersections.

Work has been progressing steadily, with all the major earth works, such as installing underground power and other services, now completed at Shands Road/Blakes Road. The building of the new, wider road and lane layout with additional lanes, including a separate cycle lane, has begun. Despite delays from the recent rain, the roundabout currently remains on track to be completed by the end of July.

Separate to this work, Christchurch City Council has begun road works on Shands Road east of the Christchurch Southern Motorway with Shands Road now one-way going east along this section of the motorway. A detour is in place for traffic travelling west towards Selwyn. Christchurch City Council expects this one-way system to be in place until 15 September.

For the Springs Road/Marshs Road roundabout the majority of the earthworks have been completed. The remainder are expected to be completed in the next few weeks, with the new road layout expected to begin in July.

The roundabouts are expected to cost a total of $9.7 million, with Waka Kotahi/New Zealand Transport Agency funding covering 75% of the cost. The Council will cover the remaining cost for the Shands Road/Blakes Road intersection, while the balance for the Springs Road/Marsh Road intersection will be split between the Selwyn District and Christchurch City Councils.