Monumental movement effort

12:24, Feb 05 2010
The monument is craned from the truck to its new location.
TAKE THE STRAIN: The monument is craned from the truck to its new location.

It was a monumental task but the Washdyke war memorial made it safely to a new location.

Contractors had an early start yesterday morning with crane and hands on site to move the monument from the centre of the intersection of State Highways 1 and 8 to its new home on the roadside nearby.

The memorial was moved into its new position without a hitch, New Zealand Transport Agency project manager Chris Collins said.

Contractors Fulton Hogan drilled four holes through the base of the monument and placed metal rods before it was lifted by crane onto a truck and across the road.

The crane then swung into operation again and lifted the monument into its new location where contractors set it in concrete.

Washdyke Anzac committee chairman John Kyle said he was pleased the move went smoothly.

The monument's new location would be a lot better for Anzac Day wreath-laying services, Mr Kyle said.

More work on the monument is to be carried out, with bluestone steps to be replaced, recovered and raised to improve access.


The Timaru Herald