11 July 2018
New use for old bridge
The Gore District Council plans to start construction of a new bridge across the Waikaka Stream next month.
This follows an assessment revealing urgent repairs were needed on the existing bridge due to the possibility of the timber deck failing.
Preliminary work, namely constructing a bypass, has begun. A 19 tonne section of the Pyramid Bridge, swept away by flood waters in February, is being used to build the bypass. It is important to note that given the temporary nature of the bypass, it will be open only to light vehicles.
Replacement plans involve demolishing the existing bridge and piers. The new bridge will consist of steel driven piled foundations and piers, and a new steel beam superstructure with precast and in-situ concrete bridge deck.
The Council plans to start construction in mid-August and finish the project by mid-December. There are several factors that could impact on our timeline. Residents will be advised of progress.
The Kennedy Road bridge is 68-years-old and currently only rated to take 60% of the maximum weight for heavy motor vehicles. The new bridge will have a 100% rating.
The Council will be monitoring the condition of the existing bridge until construction of the new structure starts.