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Repairs for iconic Waitangi Bridge

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Work to replace wooden decking on Waitangi’s iconic one-lane bridge will begin on 29 April and continue round the clock until 3 May.

The bridge will be closed to traffic during this time with a diversion in place via Haruru Falls Road for those wanting to access the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands Yacht Club, Waitangi Golf Club, and a small number of private residences. The pedestrian footpath on the eastern side of the Waitangi Bridge will remain open for foot traffic.

Repairs to part of the bridge deck were originally undertaken at the beginning of September 2018. However, investigations at the time revealed the deck had deteriorated more significantly than thought and that all running planks would need to be replaced. That work will now be undertaken and the whole bridge deck will be resealed with asphalt. While the bridge is closed, contractors will also dig out and repair the northern approach to the bridge.

General Manager - Infrastructure and Asset Management Andy Finch says staff worked closely with iwi and business representatives to ensure the repairs cause as little disruption as possible.

"We could not afford to delay the work any longer, as it must be undertaken during warm weather. The timing does not clash with Easter or ANZAC Day public holidays and also avoids the school holidays. Fortunately, no cruise ships are visiting during at this time."

This may be the last time the bridge needs similar repairs. The Northland Transportation Alliance recently applied for $7 million in funding from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund to build a twin-lane bridge at the site. It is still awaiting a response to the application.

Signs warning of the 29 April road closure have now been posted at bridge approaches and electronic Variable Message Signs will also be placed at the Haruru Falls Road intersection and at Paihia’s Puketona Road roundabout. Detour signs will be erected once work begins.

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