Significant strengthening and safety work at Luggate Red Bridge, SH8A, near Wanaka, detour route for six weeks for weekday travel


The NZ Transport Agency’s Aspiring Highways team is preparing to start work at the single lane Luggate Red Bridge, SH8A, from next week, 6 May, for six weeks.

NB: Please note updated closure times from 13 May

The bridge will initially be closed to all traffic during this six-week period on weekdays from 9 am to 7 pm. It will be open overnight after 7 pm through to the following morning at 9 am and open every weekend.

From Monday 13 May, the new bridge closure times will be from 9am to 6pm on week days.  During the closure times road users are advised to use the alternative route via Camphill Road, Kane Road, SH8A and SH6.

Why are the works required?

The works are required for maintenance, strengthening and safety reasons. Safety rails will be installed on the bridge to protect road users.

Map showing alernative route for travel during roadworks

Luggate Red Bridge, SH8A, at marker. Alternative route for most of May on weekdays and part of June, 2019, shown in red

The bridge will be open all day and night to traffic on weekends (7 pm Friday through to 9 am Monday, and from 6 pm Fridays from 17 May).

photo of Luggate Red Bridge

The Luggate Red Bridge, SH8A.

What’s the advice to road users?

“As the Luggate Red Bridge will be closed for the duration of the works, except for the openings in the mornings and overnight and on weekends, people’s usual journeys will be affected. We acknowledge this will be inconvenient and we recommend that road users plan ahead,” says Mark Stewart, Maintenance Contract Manager, NZ Transport Agency.

To stay informed about these works the Transport Agency encourages people to check the web page (external link)

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while travelling in the area during the works and around road crews.

Plan ahead for a safe, enjoyable journey. Keep up to date with:

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• Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)