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SH82 Waitaki River Bridges Replacement project

Work on new bridges to replace the 132 year-old two single lane bridges (256m and 140m long) across the Waitaki River on SH82 at Kurow started in March 2013, with the new two lane bridges due to open in late 2014.

These bridges will greatly improve route security along SH82 between Kurow and Waimate and protect a vital link between Kurow and the Hakataramea Valley, which has existed since the current bridges opened in 1881.

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The new Waitaki No 2 Bridge on the Kurow side of the river is now operating after it was officially opened on 5 April 2014..

The new Waitaki No 2 Bridge on the Kurow side of the river is now operating after it was officially opened on 5 April 2014.

Canterbury / Otago

  • Other names

    Kurow Bridges
  • Construction completion date

    2014
  • Location

    Waimate / Waitaki District Councils
  • Project type

    Bridge replacement
  • Project status

    Construction
  • Project contact

    Chris Collins
  • Estimated cost

    $5 million to $20 million

Project purpose

To provide two modern two-lane bridges across the Waitaki River linking State Highway 82 with Kurow, on the south bank, and Hakataramea on the north bank.

The new bridges will have a cycle-pedestrian path on the downstream side and will provide a dependable alternative route if State Highway 1 at the Waitaki River Bridge is closed. State Highway 82 offers the only handy alternative route for motorists to reach destinations north and south of the Waitaki River. Without these bridges motorists using SH1 would face lengthy detours via the Mackenzie District.

Benefits

  • Maintain an alternative route for SH1 traffic in case of emergencies, such as crashes or floods that close SH1 or make it impassable.
  • To provide route security along SH82 between Kurow and Waimate.
  • Improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians using the bridges.
  • Protect the community cohesion between Kurow and the Hakataramea Valley, which has existed since the bridges were built in 1881.
  • Ensure residents in the Hakataramea area have access to essential services and employment in Kurow.
  • Increase the capacity for over-sized vehicles, such as agricultural machinery and freight, to use SH82 rather than detour to use SH1.

Features

  • Two new two-lane bridges.
  • Improved and realigned approaches from both banks.
  • A barrier separated walkway for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Upgraded river protection works.

Other facts

What happens next?

The new bridges being built by McConnell Dowell Constructors Ltd are programmed to open in late 2014.

Media releases

Second Waitaki Bridge opens at Kurow
9 June 2014
The Waitaki Valley community turned out in force today (Saturday 7 June) to celebrate the opening of the second and last of the two new bridges that the NZ Transport Agency has built over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82.

Special banger to celebrate bridge opening
4 June 2014
A special banger is being made to celebrate this Saturday’s (June 7) opening of the second bridge being built over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 by the NZ Transport Agency.

Final stage of construction underway for last Waitaki bridge
30 May 2014
With this week’s final pour of the concrete deck for the second of the new bridges being built over the Waitaki River at Kurow, the final stages of its construction are now underway.

Second Waitaki bridge to open in three weeks
19 May 2014
The second of the two new bridges being built by the NZ Transport Agency over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 at Kurow will be officially opened in three weeks – ahead of schedule.

First new Waitaki bridge opens at Kurow
4 April 2014
The first of the two new bridges being built by the NZ Transport Agency over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 at Kurow was opened this morning by Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean.

First of new Waitaki bridges to open
14 March 2014
The first of the two new bridges being built by the NZ Transport Agency over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 at Kurow will be officially opened on Friday 4 April.

First new Waitaki bridge scheduled to open within four months
6 December 2013
The first of the two new bridges being built over the Waitaki River at Kurow is scheduled to open in March next year, a year after work began on the $20.1 million project.

Photo gallery

Installation the temporary trestle or work bridge has commenced, from which Bridge 2 on the Hakataramea side of the Waitaki River will be constructed..

Installation the temporary trestle or work bridge has commenced, from which Bridge 2 on the Hakataramea side of the Waitaki River will be constructed.

The completed Kurow No 2 bridge looking from Kurow toward the river Island..

The completed Kurow No 2 bridge looking from Kurow toward the river Island.

The completed Kurow No 2 bridge looking from Kurow toward the river Island..

The completed Kurow No 2 bridge looking from Kurow toward the river Island.

A Kurow owned 1938 Pontiac sedan pictured above, was the first car to drive over the new Waitaki No 2 Bridge following its official opening..

A Kurow owned 1938 Pontiac sedan pictured above, was the first car to drive over the new Waitaki No 2 Bridge following its official opening.

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Southern Jim Harland, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Waitaki No 2 Bridge on the 5 April 2014..

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean and NZ Transport Agency Regional Director Southern Jim Harland, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Waitaki No 2 Bridge on the 5 April 2014.

Roadside kerbing constructed for the approach to the SH83/SH82 Intersection at Kurow..

Roadside kerbing constructed for the approach to the SH83/SH82 Intersection at Kurow.