We’re upgrading the intersection of Middleton, Riccarton and Ilam roads – ranked the seventh most dangerous in Christchurch – to improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Ilam/Riccarton/Middleton intersection

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The work started in March 2021 and will be completed in early 2022, the same time as work on the Nor’West Arc cycleway(external link) along Ilam Road and Middleton Road.

The work includes:

  • Only allowing left-turning traffic to move between Riccarton Road and Middleton Road, which will effectively make the junction of Ilam and Riccarton roads a T-intersection.
  • Altering the layout of the intersection to accommodate dedicated bus lanes.
  • Restricting access at the Field Terrace/Riccarton Road intersection to left in, left out traffic.
  • Creating a new right-turn only lane from Riccarton Road into Wharenui Road.

We’re also upgrading the drains, line marking the road and installing new traffic lights and islands during this project.

During construction, Riccarton Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction, with turning restrictions into and out of Ilam Road and Middleton Road. There will be traffic management and signs in place to show you where to go.

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