The Christchurch roads of national significance include various sections of state highways that provide critical routes to the Christchurch International Airport (SH1), into the Christchurch central business district (CBD) and to the Port of Lyttelton (SH74 and SH73).
Rapid growth in and around Christchurch, particularly in the Selwyn and Waimakariri Districts, is placing demand on the state highways to the north and south of the city and around its western edge, restricting efficient access to the city, the Christchurch International Airport and the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (Lyttelton Port).
This $800 million highway construction programme is the most ambitious ever seen in Christchurch. This investment will not only increase the capacity of our roads to handle ever-increasing freight traffic, but will improve safety for all road users. In addition it will provide an injection of government money into the local construction industry providing employment and other benefits for our region.