Waiho Bridge, south of Franz Josef Glacier, Westland – upcoming night closures and daytime delays


The NZ Transport Agency will be temporarily closing the Waiho Bridge over four weeks at night from 25 March (this Sunday night). The four weeks of night-time closures will run from Sunday to Friday each week, 25 March to 20 April, 10 pm to 6 am.

The bridge will be opened at the top of each hour (for example, at 11 pm, at midnight, at 1 am etc), to let traffic pass and emergency vehicles will be accommodated as quickly as possible at any time.

During the day, there will also be much shorter delays around the work site of up to 15 minutes as work continues. Some of this daytime work has begun.

“The night-time bridge closures are to replace the bridge decking and emulsion coat the new surface with a final seal next summer,” says Transport Agency Maintenance Contract Manager Margarita Gonzalez-Borrero.

The worn condition of the Waiho River Bailey Bridge deck:

“Thanks to all South Westland residents and business operators who use this bridge overnight, after 10 pm. If you are able to be there as close to the top of the hour as possible it will minimise your wait,” she says.

She also thanked daytime drivers who would have shorter delays while the work was underway over the next month.

The worn condition of the Waiho River Bailey Bridge deck

The worn condition of the Waiho River Bailey Bridge deck

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