01 Dec 2017

Work will begin next week to build a permanent road safety barrier for Shag Rock corner on the Sumner Main Rd.

The project, to be carried out by Council contractor Fulton Hogan, is expected to take about three days.

Work will start next week to construct a permanent road safety barrier at Shag R

Work will start next week to construct a permanent road safety barrier at Shag Rock corner.

The waist-high barrier is designed to deflect vehicles that impact it and is being installed at the road bend between Sumner and Redcliffs, near Shag Rock, a distinctive local landmark.

The first stage of the project is putting steel posts in the ground then connecting the rail in between them. A new kerb for the bend is about to be built and will be completed just before the barrier work starts.The site was the scene of a traffic fatality earlier this year when a car left the road and went into the water.

Since Council contractors have been working on Peacocks Gallop, near Sumner, the road has been subject to reduced speed limits and monitoring and control by a full-time traffic safety supervisor.

Christchurch City Council Transport Operations Manager Aaron Haymes said safety at Shag Rock corner was a high priority.

“With work digging trenches for water and wastewater pipes mostly completed, we are now ready for the next stage of roading and safety barrier work.

“Following the safety barrier project the road will be resurfaced and cycleways built and that work will continue until the end of February next year. We really appreciate the patience of Sumner residents and we know the final result will be beneficial for everyone who uses the road.”