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Christchurch: Infrastructure rebuild plan adopted

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

Christchurch City Council today (1 December 2011) adopted a plan which sets out how the city will roll-out the rebuild of our earthquake-damaged roads and underground services.1 December 2011

Infrastructure rebuild plan adopted

Christchurch City Council today (1 December 2011) adopted a plan which sets out how the city will roll-out the rebuild of our earthquake-damaged roads and underground services.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Plan sets out how the city will fix its earthquake-damaged roads and underground services. It has been prepared over past months with input from the elected Council, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, New Zealand Transport Agency and the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team. It can be viewed at

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker says the plan will help the community understand how we will go about fixing all the infrastructure that was damaged in the earthquake.

“This is a massive project that will affect the lives of all our residents over the next five years and involving our community in the rebuild will be key to the success of our work.

“As well as outlining our how we will make the rebuild happen, the plan also sets out how the community will be involved. This is largely a technical project, with around 85% of the work directed by experts. The vast majority of work is carried out underground to rebuild damaged pipes and services, however roads are also a big part of this rebuild, and where changes are made to the look and feel of a neighbourhood there will certainly be an opportunity for input from the community and local residents.”

Council General Manager Capital Programme Kevin Locke says the plan has been developed to align with recovery strategies for the city being developed by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

“The infrastructure rebuild plan explains how we are preparing a programme of work for the next five years. This is a complex piece of work and we need to consider a range of priorities and external influences. The plan covers the work of the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team on the city’s horizontal infrastructure, as well as plans for the repair of other Council-owned assets such as the Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant.

“We have put robust processes in place to ensure we are delivering the best outcome for the city. We have made good progress so far with the focus on emergency repairs and temporary solutions. The next step is planning for the long-term repair of damaged infrastructure.

“By the end of the year, we expect to have a work programme set for the upcoming six months. After that, ongoing work will be considered as part of the Council’s Annual Plan process. In the meantime, you can find out about all the work going on in the city right now online at”

The damage to city infrastructure:
• 300km of sewer pipes damaged
• 895km of roads damaged
• 124km of water mains damaged
• 50,000-plus individual road faults

Progress so far:
Public sewer services had been restored to all city properties
All sewer discharges to the environment have been stopped.
12km of major sewer pressure mains replaced
3km of sewer gravity pipes replaced
2081 repairs completed on private landowners’ sewer pipes

16km of water main replacements completed
64 water wells repaired
13km of new stopbanks built to prevent flooding

20,000 individual road repair jobs carried out so far.
Over 21,000 tonnes of asphalt laid
Laid over 200,000 cubic metres of metal
2.1km of containers placed
510,000 tonnes of silt removed


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