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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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Preparation work for the deck of the new Waitaki No2 bridge on the Kurow side of the river..

Preparation work for the deck of the new Waitaki No2 bridge on the Kurow side of the river.

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.

What happens next?

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

Media releases

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.

Weathered steel gives bridges rustic look
4 November 2013
When construction of the girders for the decks of the new $20.1 million Waitaki Bridges begins this month, locals could be forgiven for thinking the bridges are being built from recycled "rusty" steel.

Work progressing on the second of the new Waitaki Bridges
3 October 2013
Work begins today (3 October) driving the second of the piles for the larger of the two new Waitaki Bridges being built on State Highway 82 between Kurow and Hakataramea.

Good progress being made on new Waitaki Bridges
22 August 2013
Good progress is being made on construction of the first of the two new two-lane bridges being built across the Waitaki River between Kurow and Hakataramea.

Second pile being driven for new Waitaki Bridges
11 June 2013
Work will begin tomorrow (Wednesday 12 June) driving the second pile for the first of the two new Waitaki Bridges at Kurow.

First pile being driven for new Waitaki Bridges
10 May 2013
Work begins Monday (13 May) driving the first pile for the two new Waitaki Bridges at Kurow.

Machinery moves on site at Waitaki Bridges
26 March 2013
Machinery has this morning moved on site at the Waitaki Bridges to begin setting up the site ready for work to start on Monday 8 April building the new bridges on State Highway 82 between Kurow and Hakataramea.

First sod turned for new Waitaki Bridges
7 March 2013
The first sod was today (7 March) turned in the construction of the two new bridges which will span the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 between Kurow and Hakataramea.

Local community invited to celebrate start of new Waitaki Bridges
15 February 2013
The Lower Waitaki Valley communities of Kurow and Hakataramea are being invited to celebrate the construction of two new bridges on State Highway 82 over the Waitaki River by attending next month's sod turning.

Historic Waitaki Bridges to be preserved
13 February 2013
Two 12-metre sections of the historic wooden Howe Truss Bridges over the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 near Kurow are to be preserved for public display.

Work begins on replacement $18.5 million Waitaki Bridges
11 February 2013
Work will begin early next month building the new $18.5 million replacement Waitaki Bridges.

Construction start confirmed for new Waitaki Bridges
11 September 2012
The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed that construction of the replacement Waitaki Bridges on State Highway 82 at Kurow will get underway early next year, with work on site expected to commence in January 2013.

Photo gallery

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

The last of the seven piles have been driven on the longer bridge, Bridge 1 (Hakataramea branch of the Waitaki River).

The last of the seven piles have been driven on the longer bridge, Bridge 1 (Hakataramea branch of the Waitaki River)

The shorter of the two, Bridge 2, has all the precast deck panels in place and the steel for the new No 2 bridge.

The shorter of the two, Bridge 2, has all the precast deck panels in place and the steel for the new No 2 bridge

Screed rails will help ensure the bridge deck pour is completed as accurately as possible.

Screed rails will help ensure the bridge deck pour is completed as accurately as possible

The first steel sections are in on the Hakataramea side of Bridge 1.

The first steel sections are in on the Hakataramea side of Bridge 1

Bridge #1 - Piling in Progress at Hakataramea side.

Bridge #1 - Piling in Progress at Hakataramea side

Road Formation work on the new No 1 Bridge on the Hakataramea side of the river.

Road Formation work on the new No 1 Bridge on the Hakataramea side of the river

Duct Installation preparation on the approaches to the new No 2 bridge near Kurow.

Duct Installation preparation on the approaches to the new No 2 bridge near Kurow

Bridge #2- Island to Kurow Town View - with steel in place.

Bridge #2- Island to Kurow Town View - with steel in place

Inspection work on one of the four piles required for Bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River..

Inspection work on one of the four piles required for Bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River.

Work on Bridge 2 viewed from Kurow to Island..

Work on Bridge 2 viewed from Kurow to Island.

Embankment fill for the approaches to Bridge 1 on the  Hakataramea side of the Waitaki River..

Embankment fill for the approaches to Bridge 1 on the Hakataramea side of the Waitaki River.

Piling work on Bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River.

Piling work on Bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River

Steel shuttering work on the bridge reinforced pier heads, with concreting of it to follow.

Steel shuttering work on the bridge reinforced pier heads, with concreting of it to follow

A photo of the construction trestle for the new No 1 Bridge looking toward Hakatramea side of the river..

A photo of the construction trestle for the new No 1 Bridge looking toward Hakatramea side of the river.

The concrete piers for the new No 2 bridge looking toward Kurow side of the river..

The concrete piers for the new No 2 bridge looking toward Kurow side of the river.

The decking on the trestle that will be used to help build the new No 1 bridge on the Hakatramea side of the river..

The decking on the trestle that will be used to help build the new No 1 bridge on the Hakatramea side of the river.

A general view as at 19 September 2013 of progress on bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River.

A general view as at 19 September 2013 of progress on bridge 2 on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River

Completed pier head to bridge 2, ready to take bridge bearings and structural weathering steel beams.

Completed pier head to bridge 2, ready to take bridge bearings and structural weathering steel beams

Beams for the new No 2 bridge on the Kurow side of the river.

Beams for the new No 2 bridge on the Kurow side of the river

New Boat Ramp being constructed on the Kurow Island.

New Boat Ramp being constructed on the Kurow Island

Pile Construction Bridge 2 view from across river.

Pile Construction Bridge 2 view from across river

Pile driving work is now underway for the new 90 metre Waitaki No 2 bridge. Each of the 4 piles for the No 2 bridge will be driven 22 metres into the river bed..

Pile driving work is now underway for the new 90 metre Waitaki No 2 bridge. Each of the 4 piles for the No 2 bridge will be driven 22 metres into the river bed.

Some of the equipment being used to drive piles on the new State highway 82 Kurow No 2 bridge on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River..

Some of the equipment being used to drive piles on the new State highway 82 Kurow No 2 bridge on the Kurow side of the Waitaki River.

Steel Reinforcing Cages for Bridge Piles.

Steel Reinforcing Cages for Bridge Piles

Steel Pile Casings.

Steel Pile Casings

Roading Embankment bulk fill for the Approach to Bridge 1 from Hakataramea.

Roading Embankment bulk fill for the Approach to Bridge 1 from Hakataramea

Abutment 4 Construction inspecting reinforcing.

Abutment 4 Construction inspecting reinforcing

Abutment 4 Construction placing concrete.

Abutment 4 Construction placing concrete

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.

All the piles and columns have been completed to Bridge 1 on the Kurow side of the river.  Concreting of remaining bridge pier heads and abutments will be completed in early October.  The steel bridge beams and deck are expected to be in place before Christmas.

All the piles and columns have been completed to Bridge 1 on the Kurow side of the river. Concreting of remaining bridge pier heads and abutments will be completed in early October. The steel bridge beams and deck are expected to be in place before Christmas

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