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Ashburton River/Hakatere Bridge, SH1 – reopening 2.30pm today


The Ashburton River/Hakatere Bridge reopening has been delayed until 2.30 pm today.

Originally the bridge was to reopen after stress testing, at 2pm. It closed slightly later than originally anticipated today for the testing – around 11am.

  • People picking their children up from schools both sides of this bridge will be able to do so after 2.30 pm today, says Tresca Forrester, Journey Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. 

It is still restricted to light vehicles only*. 

A decision on allowing heavy vehicles onto the bridge is still to be made. Local detours for trucks are available via the Ashburton District Council’s web pages(external link)

There is no access for pedestrians or cyclists at this stage.

*Light vehicles generally weigh less than 3.5 tonnes and are mostly driven by Class 1 driver licence holders.

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