SH2 Waioeka Gorge bridge strengthening underway in January 2022


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is advising motorists that bridge-strengthening work on State Highway 2 (SH2) through the Waioeka Gorge will be taking place from early January 2022.

Omaukora Bridge, Gibson’s Bridge, Sandys Bridge and Owhiritoa Stream Bridge are all being strengthened as part of the SH2 Waioeka Gorge High Productivity Motor Vehicle bridge strengthening project. Omoko Bridge and Aro Aro Bridge were strengthened in 2021 and 2019/20 respectively.

It is not expected that this work will require any road closures, however motorists are advised to be aware and take extra care while the work is underway.

There will be some periods during construction when overweight vehicles with a ‘crawl central’ crossing restriction will not be able to travel over the bridges. Waka Kotahi has notified freight companies and advised when they can expect to be affected by this.

In the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances, including impacts from ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, some bridge strengthening work may be postponed until next summer 2022/2023.

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