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).
State Highway 1 south of Kaikoura is expected to remain closed till the end of May to allow the construction of a temporary road and rail alignment around the base of the large landslide that came down during April’s cyclones.