Historic Cambridge bridge upgrade to take months

JEREMY SMITH
Last updated 08:23 22/01/2014
Cambridge's Victoria Bridge
CHRIS HILLOCK/Fairfax NZ
HANGING ON: A three-week operation to install around 140 metres of scaffolding around the Victoria Bridge is underway.

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About 140 metres of scaffolding, spanning the width of Cambridge's high-level Victoria Bridge, is being installed in preparation for an upgrade of the century-old structure.

The first stage of installation of the specialist lightweight scaffold will take about 1000 hours over three weeks.

The scaffolding is part of the preparation for repair work on the 106-year-old bridge, which will include widening the footpaths by 40cm to provide a safer route for pedestrians, mobility scooter drivers and cyclists.

The repair work is expected to take about four months.

The traffic lanes on the bridge will remain at their current width after the work is completed; they will not be narrower.

Waipa District Council manager road corridor, Dawn Inglis, said there was an overall restriction on the weight the bridge could carry which meant the scaffold had to be as light as possible. As a result, it could be erected on only one side at a time.

The bridge will remain open while the scaffolding is installed.

"At this stage the bridge will be fully closed on the night of Tuesday, January 28, to set up barriers and signage and then the northern lane from Leamington to Cambridge will be closed from next Wednesday, January 29, when work will start on the bridge repairs until the end of the project.

"The anti-clockwise route over the bridge means that vehicles travelling from Leamington to Cambridge make only left hand turns into the traffic which keeps things moving at peak times," said Ms Inglis.

Access to Settlers Track from Dominion Ave is already closed and will remain so during the project to enable materials to be removed and delivered without placing the public at risk.

A temporary roundabout has also been installed at the intersection of SH1 and Shakespeare St to help ease traffic flows during the repair period. A permanent intersection will be designed once the expressway is complete.

BRIDGE SPRUCE UP

About 140 metres of scaffolding is being put in place.

The initial installation of scaffolding will take about1000 hours over three weeks.

After closing fully for one night next Tuesday, the northern lane from Leamington to Cambridge will be closed from next Wednesday, January 29, until the end of the project.

The project is expected to take about four months. 

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