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Bealey Bridge, Upper Waimakariri, overnight closure this Saturday night, 16 April, start of three months’ work


One of the longest single lane bridges on the West Coast to Canterbury highway (State Highway 73, Arthur’s Pass) is about to be repaired, starting this weekend.

The repairs to the Bealey Bridge and one of its abutments will take about three months to mid-July and will involve some night-time full closures. 

“Trucking company operators and other regular users of this highway are being kept closely informed,” said Lee Wright NZ Transport Agency Journey Manager. “Thanks to all drivers for building in extra time and being patient on this important link between the West Coast and Canterbury.” 

Full road closure overnight Saturday, 16 April to Sunday, 17 April

There will be 20 minute closures from 8 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, 16 April, followed by a full road closure from 10 pm to 4 am, then 20 minute closures after that between 4 am and 8 am Sunday morning. 

At all other times

Traffic lights will control movements of vehicles at each end during the repairs and drivers will need to slow to 30km/h.  There will be delays of up to ten minutes at a time. Overweight and over-dimension vehicles will still be permitted to use the bridge during the repairs as they normally would. 

For further details on this project, read the original media statement here(external link).