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Five year plan to rebuild Christchurch roads and sewers unveiled

New Zealand earthquake minister Gerry Brownlee yesterday revealed a five year plan to rebuild Christchurch’s earthquake-damaged roads and underground services.

The plan builds on a blueprint released last month giving indicative timeframes for infrastructure repairs in different areas of the city.

The city was devastated by February 2011’s magnitude 6.3 earthquake.

“This work is one piece of a much bigger and complex city-wide recovery programme,” said Brownlee. “But it is highly significant as underground services need to be rebuilt and future-proofed so that the city’s recovery is founded on a secure infrastructure base.”

Brownlee said it will take another four years to rebuild Christchurch’s “horizontal infrastructure” with work being targeted on the most affected areas. He added that the engineers have already completed 187 projects worth NZ$73M (£36.7M) and rebuilt 39km of wastewater pipe.

Full details of the plan can be found here.

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