Project overview

Location Christchurch

Project Stage August 2020

Date of completion April 2021 (Landscaping Components)

Project information

Te Ara O-Rakipaoa Nor’West Arc is part of a city-wide cycling network easing the pressure on our roads and making it safer and easier for everyone get around.

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A large part of the cycleway is a greenway where people driving and cycling share the road space, while there are separated paths through Centennial Park and a separated cycleway along Domain Terrace.

Scope of Works

This work package involves construction of the Nor’West Arc Major Cycle Route, Section 1A has been split into the following 3 sections:

  • Section 1A – Part I from Cashmere Road to Smartlea Steeet
  • Section 1A – Part II from within Centennial Park
  • Section 1B – Smartlea Street to Annex Road

There is approximately 3.6 km of off road cycleway, throughout all 3 separable portions. Across the site works include installation of two new sets of traffic signals, upgrading existing services in some areas, new paved intersections at a number of locations and sections of new landscaping.

This contract includes the following:

  • Construction of cycleway and footpath (including existing path removal and new surfacing and paving)
  • Construction of raised crossing
  • Construction of islands and build outs
  • Installation of new traffic signals (Lincoln Road, Rose Street / Palmside Street Intersection)
  • Install signs / bollards / street furniture
  • Installation of block paving and tactile pavers
  • Installation of ducting and pits
  • Landscaping
  • Pavement marking
  • Preparation and pouring of concrete beams
  • Existing carriage way removal and replacement (including surfacing and paving)
  • Existing island removals
  • Remove kerb and channel, prep and pour new kerb and channel
  • Stormwater network upgrade / modifications

To ensure our scope of work has minimal impact on residents and businesses in the vicinity of the new cycleway, we plan to commence work on the following 6 fronts:


Traffic Impact

Expected Duration

Smartlea Street/Weir Place/McBeath Ave Intersection

Access to McBeath via Smartlea Street will be closed, access will be via Muirson Ave. Smartlea will be reduced to a one lane priority give way. Initially access will be maintained into Weir Place, a temporary road closure for Weir Place is then required to enable the contracted works from the 7th of September to the 21st of September

5 weeks

Intersection of McBeath Avenue/Greenpark Street and walkway to Pablo Place

Access will be reduced to a one-way system on the corner of McBeath Ave and Greenpark Street for the initial works, a temporary road closure is required for up to 10 days. Pablo Place walkway will be closed for the duration of the works

5 weeks

Rose Street/Palmside Street Intersection

Rose Street will be reduced to one lane with traffic lights, access to Palmside Street from Rose Street will be closed with a diversion via Ferniehurst Street (off Cashmere Road)

4 weeks

Annex Road underpass to roundabout

One-way system from Lincoln Road to Linden Grove Ave roundabout, lane closure controlled by traffic lights from childcare centre to underpass. All access points into the hospital will be maintained

8 weeks

Lincoln Road (between Annex Road and Domain Terrace

Two-way lane diversion along Lincoln Road, from Annex Road to Domain Terrace. Isolated footpath closures with detours provided, access maintained to businesses

7 weeks

Domain Terrace (from Lincoln Road to Charity Lane)

Two-way lane shift from Lincoln Road to Cobham Street, isolated footpath closures with detours provided

8 weeks

Important Notes for businesses and residents

  • Hours of work for the duration of this project will be from 7am – 6pm Monday through to Saturday
  • Access to businesses will remain in place, should our work temporarily impact an entrance way, an alternative passage will be created and clearly marked for vehicles and pedestrians
  • Access to residents’ driveways will be maintained where practical, any work planned across a resident’s driveway will be brief and at an agreed time
  • Roadside parking will be impacted by our work for each active work site. We aim to keep work sites small and compact where possible, however if you have specific access requirements that we need to consider (e.g. nurse/doctor visits, Meals on Wheels, planned property works etc.), please advise our communications manager and we will do our best to accommodate these needs
  • There will be increased noise, dust, and vibration levels as a result of our work
  • Work will have no impact on current power, telecommunications or gas services; however, the network is still fragile so please be prepared in case there is an unexpected service cut off
  • All site works are subject to favourable weather and on-site construction conditions
  • Rubbish and recycling will not change, please put bins out in the usual spots by 5:00pm the night before collection, our crews will move and return them if need be
  • Safety is our number one priority. Safety is also your responsibility too. Stay clear and stay alert, please keep children and pets a safe distance from any work site
Nor'West Arc Cycleway Route Map

Nor'West Arc Cycleway Route Map