Quake-hit bridge back in action

Last updated 11:14 16/04/2014
Colombo Street bridge
Dean Kozanic/Fairfax NZ

BACK IN BUSINESS: Colombo Street bridge will reopen to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles for the first time in over three years.

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Colombo Street bridge, near the Christchurch Town Hall, will reopen to pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles tomorrow for the first time since the February 22 quake.

SCIRT's Downer team has spent the last nine months repairing the bridge, and it is now repaired to its pre-quake weight limits.

As part of the repair, the earthquake-warped bridge arch beam has been kept as an ongoing reminder of the quake.

The bridge was jacked up, and its unreinforced concrete foundations strengthened.

Several archaeological findings were made during the work, including uncovering a couple of solid brick walls that were probably the remains of part of the 1875 Avon River bridge on the same spot.

Having the bridge open would be helpful to people visiting Victoria Square and nearby New Regent St, a SCIRT spokeswoman said.

The roads around the bridge are still, however, undergoing central city pipe repair work and may still being affected by delays.

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