New Zealand State Highway 74

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State Highway 74 NZ.svg

State Highway 74
Christchurch Ring Road
Route information
Maintained by NZ Transport Agency
Length: 26.3 km (16.3 mi)
Major junctions
North end: Johns Road/Main North Road State Highway 1 NZ.svg at Belfast
Southeast end: Gladstone Quay at Lyttelton
Location
Major cities: Christchurch
Highway system
SH 73 SH 75

State Highway 74 is a state highway in New Zealand servicing the eastern suburbs of Christchurch, in addition to connecting the city to its port town of Lyttelton. It is mostly two-lane, but is mostly composed of limited-access expressways, with part of the highway as the Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway

Route[edit]

This is the current route of SH 74 [1]

The highway begins in Belfast, continuing as Main North Road from State Highway 1. proceeds in a southerly direction through the suburbs of Northwood and Redwood.

At Northcote, the highway turns left onto Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Drive and begins its concurrency with the Christchurch Ring Road. As a two lane expressway, QEII Drive skirts through the northern suburbs of Christchurch, with major intersections at Innes Road and Marshland Road. After the Burwood Road traffic lights, the road changes name to Travis Road, loses expressway status, and runs in an easterly direction to the Anzac Drive/Frosts Road roundabout, where the highway turns right.

Now known as Anzac Drive, the road returns to expressway status and runs through the suburbs of Aranui and Bexley until reaching the Breezes Road/Bridge Street Roundabout. After the roundabout, the road changes name to Dyers Road. At Palinurus Road, the concurrency with the Ring Road ends, but Dyers Road keeps going in a southerly direction until the Ferry Road roundabout.

After the roundabout, the highway changes name to Tunnel Road and turns into a motorway, and passes through two interchanges before passing through the Lyttelton road tunnel. (For more information on this section go to Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway)

In Lyttelton, the road changes name to Norwich Quay and acts as the main thoroughfare through the town and its associated port before terminating at the port gates as Gladstone Quay.

Route Changes[edit]

The route of SH 74 has been rearranged quite frequently for a State Highway, initially gazetted in 1964 upon the opening of the Lyttelton Road Tunnel, it only consisted of the motorway and the short section through Lyttelton.

When State Highway 1 through Christchurch was rerouted to bypass the city in the early 1990s, State Highways 73 and 74 were extended to cover much of the original route, with SH 74 initially continuing through at QEII Drive/Northcote Road to travel via Cranford and Sherborne Streets. In Christchurch CBD, the route turned left onto Bealey Avenue and then onto the parallel one-way roads Madras and Barbadoes Street. The road then turned left onto Moorhouse Avenue and then right onto Waltham Road before turning left again onto Brougham Street. The road then proceeded in a south-easterly direction until the Port Hills Road interchange with Tunnel Road.[2] In 2004, the route was realigned to its current route, with much of the previous route either revoked or taken over by SH 73.[3]

With the recent designation of the Christchurch northern corridor as a road of national significance,[4] there are plans underway to create the expressway Northern Arterial Road, which will bypass the northern suburbs of Redwood and Belfast as well as turning both the QEII Drive and Travis Road sections of SH 74 into dual carriageways.[5]

Major intersections[edit]

For Tunnel Road's major intersection, refer to Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway

Territorial authority Location km jct Destinations Notes
Christchurch City Belfast 0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 1 north (Main North Road) – Kaiapoi, Picton
SH 1 south (Johns Road) – Hornby, Timaru
SH 74 begins
1.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Radcliffe Road)
(Northwood Boulevard) – Northwood
Styx 2.2 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Styx Mill Road)
Redwood 2.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Prestons Road) – Marshland, Burwood
3.4 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Daniels Road)
Northcote 4.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Main North Road) – Papanui, City Centre
(Northcote Road) – Bishopdale, Ilam
Mairehau 7.3 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (Innes Road) – Mairehau, Saint Albans
Marshland 7.9 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Marshland Road) – Kaiapoi, Shirley
New Brighton 11.3 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (Frosts Road) – Parklands
(Travis Road) – North New Brighton
12.1 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (New Brighton Road) – New Brighton, Dallington, City Centre
12.2 New Zealand PW-44.svg Avon River / Ōtākaro Bridge
Wainoni 12.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Wainoni Road) – New Brighton, Wainoni, Linwood
Bexley 14.0 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Pages Road) – New Brighton, Linwood, City Centre
Bromley 15.6 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (Bridge Street) – South New Brighton
(Breezes Road) – Aranui, City Centre
18.8 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Linwood Avenue) – Ferrymead, Sumner, Linwood, City Centre
Woolston 19.3 New Zealand PW-11 (right).svg SH 74A (Palinurus Road) – Woolston, City Centre
19.6 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (Ferry Road) – Sumner, Woolston, City Centre Motorway begins nz -vector.svg Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway (Tunnel Road) begins
19.7 New Zealand PW-44.svg Heathcote River / Ōpāwaho Bridge
Heathcote 21.9 Australia GE2-3.svg SH 76 (Port Hills Road) – Healthcote, Opawa, City Centre
23.6 Australia GE2-3.svg (Bridle Path Road) – Heathcote Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
23.7–25.7 New Zealand PW-52.svg Lyttelton Road Tunnel (1.97 km (1.22 mi))
Lyttelton 25.7 New Zealand road sign W11-1.svg (Simeon Quay) – Naval Point, Governors Bay Motorway begins nz -vector.svg Christchurch-Lyttelton Motorway (Tunnel Road) ends
26.1 New Zealand PW-9.svg (Oxford Street) – Town Centre, Sumner
26.4 (Gladstone Quay) – Port SH 74 ends

Spur Sections[edit]

State Highway 74a NZ.svg

State Highway 74A
Christchurch Ring Road
Location: Bromley–Woolston
Length: 2.1 km (1.3 mi)

State Highway 74A is a minor Christchurch arterial road connecting the southeastern industrial suburbs of Bromley and Woolston. It was gazetted as a new state highway in 2003 at the same time SH 74 was shifted to its current location.[3] It is just over 2 kilometres long and consists of three roads - Garlands Road, Palinurus Road and Rutherford Street. It runs concurrent with the Christchurch Ring Road for its entire length.[6]

Major Intersections[edit]

Territorial authority Location km jct Destinations Notes
Christchurch City Woolston 0 New Zealand road sign R2-2.svg SH 74 north (Dyers Road) – Bromley, New Brighton, Picton
SH 74 south (Dyers Road) – Lyttelton
SH 74A begins
0.5 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg (Ferry Road) – Sumner, Woolston, City Centre
0.7 New Zealand PW-44.svg Heathcote River
Opawa 1.9 New Zealand PW-57 (left).svg Lyttelton Line
2.1 New Zealand road sign W10-4.svg SH 76 east (Opawa Road) – Lyttelton
SH 76 west (Opawa Road) – Waltham, City Centre
SH 74A ends

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