Work on Kurow bridges nears end

22:24, May 19 2014
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BRIDGING THE GAP: The second of the two bridges being built over the Waitaki River at Kurow is only weeks away from being officially opened.

The second of the two bridges being built over the Waitaki River at Kurow will open about three months ahead of schedule, on June 7.

The two-lane bridges on State Highway 82 replace the two single-lane bridges which opened in 1881.

The deck of the second bridge is being poured and work is progressing on installation of the guardrails and handrails, NZ Transport Agency highway manager Colin Knaggs said.

"Our contractor, McConnell Dowell Constructors, has had two crews working on site since we opened the first bridge six weeks ago. This, coupled with the streamlining of the construction process, and a piling programme that progressed smoothly, means the second bridge will be opened on Saturday, June 7, " Knaggs said.

Work is also well under way dismantling the first of the old timber bridges over the southern branch.

"More than a third of the bridge has been removed and we expect deconstruction of the remaining section to be completed within a month," Knaggs said.

Traffic is using one lane of the new bridge while the dismantling is completed, along with the earthworks for the widening of the approaches.

Once the second bridge is opened, the contractors are expected to remain on site until early October, removing the second bridge, completing development of the approaches for the second bridge and link road, and finishing land rehabilitation.


The Timaru Herald