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Schools of rock
In sync: Hard work and hours of rehearsals paid off for primary school students from Kaiapoi Borough and Kaiapoi North at the first night of the 2013 Stage Challenge
and J Rock event. The students rocked the CBS Canterbury Arena on Monday night and were thrilled to take home a clutch of awards for their performances.
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Ramp means better connection
between Kaiapoi and the North
By CATE BROUGHTON
A NEW on and off ramp for the
northern motorway at the Lineside
Rd and Smith St interchange will be
completed this year, with work to
start in the next few weeks.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA)
announcement for the long-awaited
$4.6 million project has been wel-
comed by the Waimakariri District
mayor and Kaiapoi businesses.
It s good news for the district and
for Kaiapoi in particular, Mayor
David Ayers said.
It provides better connections
between Kaiapoi and the North,
straight on to State Highway 1.
Hopefully it will also improve safety
on the overbridge, which has proved
to be a black spot.
However there was no commit-
ment to changes at the Pineacres
intersection, where safety concerns
have been aired for many years.
NZTA s Canterbury-West Coast
state highway manager Colin
Knaggs said a review of that inter-
section would happen only as
funding permits .
That work is likely to include the
widening of the existing road and the
construction of islands at the inter-
section, to improve lane separation.
The Lineside Rd interchange proj-
ect will include an on-off ramp
directly into Kaiapoi for people trav-
elling from the north, or Kaiapoi
residents heading north.
This would reduce the use of
the Pineacres intersection, Mr
We needed to find a solution that
gave easy access to and from Kaiapoi
and helped reduce the number of
traffic movements at Pineacres,
where vehicles looking to travel
north have to cross in front of high
volumes of oncoming traffic travel-
ling at speeds of 100kmh.
He said the new road layout and
traffic signals on the Lineside Rd
(SH71)-Smith St interchange would
make it safer for traffic to exit and
enter the motorway, as well as
improving cyclist safety.
Kaiapoi businessman Michael
Blackwell said he welcomed any-
thing that improved access to Kaia-
poi, but he was reserving judgment
on the introduction of traffic signals.
Enterprise North Canterbury
manager Heather Warwick said the
changes would open up Kaiapoi
tremendously and boost business
in the town centre.
They ve been calling for it for a
long time, because if you miss the
turn-off at Pineacres you ve pretty
much missed Kaiapoi, so it s a new
entrance to the town.
Funding for the project will be
split three ways between the council,
NZTA, and business owner and dev-
eloper Jed Pearce.
Mr Pearce and Mark Reviss, of
Clampett Investments, have applied
for resource consent to develop
land on the corner of Smith St
and the northern motorway as a
Hopefully, it will provide better
access to Kaiapoi for southbound
residential and business traffic. So
hopefully people will use businesses
in Kaiapoi a bit more and hopefully
it will alleviate a few problems at
the Pineacres intersection, Mr
I would like to think people will
use that intersection more than
Pineacres, for safety reasons.
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