Red Bridge closed tomorrow

Luggate Red Bridge. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

Travel disruption is expected this week for people who use the road between Wanaka and Tarras, State Highway 8A.

Repair work on the Luggate (Red) Bridge from tomorrow (Monday, November 6), will require a day’s full closure to enable the scaffolding to go in place, followed by work at night to minimise disruption to road users.

“Repair work on the 102-year-old bridge, which crosses the Clutha River, will take up to a fortnight to complete. The works involve replacing damaged structural beams and handrail repairs,” says John Jarvis, senior network manager, NZ Transport Agency.

The cost of this work is around $68,000.

The bridge will be closed for the first day at the start of the works tomorrow (Monday, 6 November) between the hours of 8.30am and 4.30pm for scaffolding to be installed.

Detours will be in place via Camp Hill Road.  Drivers will be re-directed with temporary detour signage.

The repairs will then be completed at nights over a two week period again with detours in place during the hours of 8pm to 6am on weeknights Monday to Thursday. The bridge will also be opened on the hour every hour for drivers who are happy to wait or time their journey for the top of the hour overnight.

At the end of the project, around mid-November, the bridge will again be closed during the day to allow removal of the scaffolding, with the same detour in place via Camp Hill Road.

“People will need to build in extra time on their journeys as delays can be expected for the duration of the project,” John said.

The Transport Agency thanks everyone for their patience and for taking care while this important safety work on the Red Bridge is completed.

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