Date set for first bridge opening
The first of two bridges being built over the Waitaki River at Kurow is set to open next March, a year after work on the $20.1 million project began.
New Zealand Transport Agency Canterbury/West Coast highway manager Colin Knaggs says work on both bridges is progressing well with the smaller of the two bridges expected to be carrying traffic within four months.
"Once the bridge is completed in March, it will be opened for traffic and work will begin deconstructing the first of the 132-year-old single-lane timber bridges."
He says installation of the structural steel is finished and work is scheduled to begin within the next few weeks installing the bridge's precast concrete.
The second of the replacement bridges is set to open before September 2014.
Building the new bridges has seen 20 jobs created in the Kurow area and boosted the local economy.