Mid Canterbury’s Rakaia River Bridge, SH1, the longest road bridge in New Zealand at 1.7km long, is about to get some repairs. The repairs are needed because people drive into the sides from time to time.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews will be working on the bridge for several nights mid-December, overnights, to minimise disruptions.
“As well as fixing damage to the side panels from crashes, other repairs to the bridge will be completed before the summer peak traffic period,” says Barry Stratton, Maintenance Contract Manager for the Transport Agency in Canterbury.
The work will be taking place on Saturday, 14 December 8pm to 6am (on 15 December).
Several repair teams will be working at the same time on the bridge to help reduce delays for road users.
“A pilot vehicle will guide traffic over the bridge at the scheduled openings at the top of each hour,” says Mr Stratton. “If we can manage more people across within the hour and get the work done safely, we will do so.”
Drivers of over-dimension vehicles will need to take another route or delay their journeys over these four nights’ work.
The freight industry has been consulted on these nights of restrictions.
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