People who drive to and from Hanmer Springs will need to build in extra time over the coming three months, June to August, as rock stabilization work gets underway near the Ferry Bridge over the Waiau River.
From Monday, 29 May, for the next three months, trucks will begin moving 45 metre loads (bumper to bumper) from Hornby, Christchurch, via State Highway 73 (Porter’s/ Arthur’s Passes) to the new Taramakau Bridge project, between Greymouth and Kumara Junction. The load is carrying concrete bridge beams which measure up to 34 metres.
The Wye River bridge on the alternate South Island state highway route in the Wairau Valley has re-opened to traffic, following urgent work carried out this week to repair damage sustained when the bridge was struck by a truck last Sunday (May 21).
The NZ Transport Agency says newly uncovered structural damage to SH3 in the Manawatū Gorge caused by recent slips and heavy rainfall means the road cannot be safely re-opened to traffic this week as hoped.
A major upgrade to replace the old electrical cables which power the traffic signals at the State Highway 1 Cobham Drive intersection with Evans Bay Parade in Wellington is set to get under way next week.