Bridge closes for repairs

by Anonymous Author

Selwyn motorists are being advised to plan their route due to the overnight closures — because of ongoing repairs and earthquake strengthening of the Rakaia Gorge bridge.

Full night closures for the bridge on State Highway 77 begin on July 15, but partial daytime closures come into effect this week. The NZ Transport Agency says work is well underway on the earthquake strengthening and deck replacement in recent weeks in preparation for the main work, which will take place both day and night.

“Teams are due to start soon on the major works with longer delays for road users and night closures,” NZTA network manager, Jess McFarlane said.

She said the closures could affect those heading to Mt Hutt ski field area.

“The work crews will do their best to minimise delays during the peak ski field traffic times. 

“The alternative for anyone travelling from Christchurch to Mount Hutt is to go via SH1, Ashburton, to avoid delays in the gorge.”

Miss McFarlane urged drivers to slow down on the bridge while this work is underway.

“Our contractor has noticed a number of vehicles speeding through the site well in excess of the 30km/h restriction. Please slow down through the work site.

“The bridge movement caused by faster vehicles makes the work underneath the bridge much more difficult and puts work crews at risk. Electronic signs near the site are advising road users of these upcoming night closures.”

The work is scheduled to take approximately six weeks to near the end of August.