MCR Heathcote Expressway, Ferry Road, Christchurch

21 Aug 2019

Work on the second stage of the Heathcote Expressway cycleway finished a month ahead of schedule on 2 August, to the delight of Adrian Thein, an Octa Director who is seconded to the Christchurch City Council to provide project management services. He explained the project involved some ‘out of the box thinking’ to improve the construction productivity and this included reducing Ferry Road to a temporary one-way Traffic Management Plan to bring the construction period down from nine to six months.

It was important to have local businesses on board, and extensive consultation involved weekly newsletters and door knocking to address any construction issues and ensure that over 120 stakeholders were kept in the loop.

At the peak of the project 14 separate crews were working together on site to pour 57 new vehicle crossings and Isaacs Construction worked extremely hard to minimise disruption to local businesses.

The new section of the cycle route, which will eventually link the suburbs of Ferrymead, Opawa and Woolston with the central city, starts at the intersection of Ferry Rd and Fitzgerald Ave and travels along Ferry Rd. It then crosses Moorhouse Ave and runs along Wilsons Rd before turning left into Charles St.

The Heathcote Expressway is part of a network of major cycleway route the CCC is building to encourage more people to travel by bike.