Good progress on first new bridge across the Waitaki River

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The first of the new two-lane bridges being built across the Waitaki River between Kurow and Hakataramea, is taking shape.

The New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) project manager Steve Proud said the construction of the bridge, which is being built over the southern branch of the river, remains on schedule.

“Piling is now completed and work has started on concreting the bridge columns and the abutments,” he said.

“Work will begin mid-next month driving the 11 piles for the second bridge on the Hakataramea side of the river.

“This work will take until mid-March to complete.”

The two new bridges are being built across the Waitaki River on State Highway 82 between Kurow and Hakataramea by the NZTA to replace the ageing 132-year-old single lane wooden bridges which have reached the end of their life.

According to Mr Proud, the contractors McConnell Dowell Constructors, have employed six local residents to work on the project.

“This is good for both investment and involvement in the local community,” he said.

The new 20.1million bridges are part of the NZTA’s $1 billion programme of investment in Canterbury’s transport network from 2012 to 2015.

By Jacquie Webby