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Good progress being made on new Waitaki Bridges

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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.

Waitaki bridge progress

The first of the two new bridges being built over the Waitaki River begins to take shape.

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.

Construction of the first of the bridges, over the southern branch of the river, remains on schedule. Piling is now completed and work is underway concreting the bridge columns and abutments, says the NZ Transport Agency's Project Manager Steve Proud.

"Work will begin mid next month driving the 11 piles for the second bridge, on the Hakataramea side of the river. This work will take until mid-March to complete."

The two new bridges are being built across the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 between Kurow and Hakataramea by the Transport Agency to replace the two ageing 132-year-old, single-laned wooden bridges which have reached the end of their life.

Mr Proud says the contractors McConnell Dowell Constructors have employed six local residents to work on the project. "This is good for both investment and involvement in the local community."

The new $20.1 million bridges are part of the Transport Agency's $1 billion programme of investment in Canterbury's transport network from 2012 to 2015.

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