Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Waitaki Bridge seismic/earthquake strengthening work begins


17 March 2017 | SOUTHERN REGION

Waitaki Bridge seismic/earthquake strengthening work begins

Work will soon start on strengthening the State Highway 1 Waitaki River Bridge, says the NZ Transport Agency.

The works on the bridge north of Oamaru, just south of Glenavy, involve seismic strengthening of the 29 pier caps and two abutments to bring them up to modern earthquake code specifications.

The Transport Agency has let a contract to Fulton Hogan Ltd, valued at $2.5 million, to strengthen the bridge.

Transport Agency Project Manager Jason Forbes says work crews could be setting up in the week of 20 March and the strengthening will be completed this year.

“During this time, single lane closures of the bridge will be required while scaffolding is installed and dismantled. While lane closures are in place, the speed will be reduced to 30km/h.”

Road users may experience some short delays, but every effort will be made by the contactor to keep these to a minimum he says.

While workers are on site the bridge may be under a 70km/hr speed restriction to ensure the safety of the contractors, says Jason Forbes. “Drivers may not realise that work is being carried out, as they may not see the crews from the bridge deck. But, we still need drivers to reduce their speeds for the safety of the crews.”

Once work has commenced the contractor will assess this risk as the speed restrictions may not be required at all times, however please allow additional time if travelling in this area.

Outside work hours, when the site is unattended, both lanes will be operational and the 100 km/h speed reinstated.

Electronic sign boards will be used to provide advanced warning of the lane closures or delays that could be expected.

“The Transport Agency appreciates people’s patience over this time,” says Mr Forbes.
______________ ___

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search


Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>


Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>



Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>


Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>


NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>


Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>



Opening The Election Supporters




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election