First of two bridges could open next month

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Construction on two new bridges at Kurow is running to schedule and the first bridge is set to open as early as late March, New Zealand Transport Agency Waitaki bridges project manager Steve Proud says.

“The pre-cast concrete decking panels are now being installed on the smaller of the two bridges on the Kurow side,” he said.

“Work is under way installing the steel reinforcing and guard rails ready for the pouring of the final concrete deck and chipseal in March.

“On the Hakataramea side, driving is under way of the second to last pile.”

“Mr Proud said the project is on target for the completion of all columns and pier heads to be completed late March.

“This will be followed by the installation of the weathering steel bridge deck,” he said.

The NZTA expected the first bridge would be opened in late March or early April.

There would be an official opening held for the bridge as well, he said.

The second bridge would be open before September.

The old wooden bridges, now 132 years old, would be demolished, with two 12-metre sections of the second bridge being retained and permanently displayed on Kurow Island, he said.

The remaining materials would be given to the Waitaki and Waimate District Councils, as well as the Department of Conservation, with them managing the materials’ distribution and usage in the community.

“Those interested in materials must submit expressions of interest to either of the three parties,” Mr Proud said.

Construction of the new bridges began in March 2013.

The estimated cost to replace the two bridges is $20.1 million.

By DAVID DE LOREAN