Last closed state highway to reopen on Friday

7:37 pm on 9 September 2010

The last Canterbury highway still closed after Saturday's earthquake is on track to reopen on Friday night, says the New Zealand Transport Agency.

State Highway 74, a main route into the Port of Lyttelton, was closed so foundations could be repaired.

One section, between Bridge Street and Metro Place, will not reopen yet, because a replacement is needed for a damaged underground water pipe that services Christchurch city's sewage treatment plant.

It is uncertain how long that will take, but a detour will be in place.

The agency says the Chaney's Road on-ramp to State Highway 1, north of Christchurch, should reopen by Saturday night.

State Highway 77 in Mid-Canterbury is open, but there is a detour between Glentunnel and Glenroy because of subsidence.

Repairs to that stretch of road begin next week.