Why are we replacing the bridges?
Feedback received from our Road Reference groups, and heavy vehicle transport operators have highlighted the impact that the current RDR bridge weight restrictions are having. For heavy haulers and their clients, the restrictions are severely impacting their normal business practices in the northwest area of the district (specifically above the RDR) because they are too heavy to use the bridges, and therefore cannot cross them when loaded with freight.
The new bridges will be structurally strong enough to carry these High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMVs) weighing over 44 tonnes. Doing so not only helps us to meet our transportation goals and levels of service but will also help to increase productivity and growth in our district. When will the work be happening?
From Monday 5 October 2020
, work commenced replacing three existing road bridges that cross the RDR on Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road. (This has been delayed from the originally planned start date of 17 August 2020).
Delaying this project will avoid major detours on the Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road for the September/ October school holiday traffic, and allow construction of the bridges to be undertaken in the irrigation season when the RDR water levels will be lower. The work is planned to be completed before Christmas 2020
The three bridges being upgraded are:
· Bridge No. 232 (Surrey Hills Bridge)
· Bridge No. 233 (Prices Road Bridge)
· Bridge No. 234 (Staveley Bridge)
Current Status of Bridges
Bridge No. 232 (Surrey Hills Bridge) (CLOSED)
Bridge No. 233 (Prices Road Bridge) (OPEN)
Bridge No. 234 (Staveley bridge) (OPEN)
** RDR Bridge Replacement Project UPDATE **
Bridge (No. 232) local detour
The Surrey Hills Bridge (Bridge No. 232) has a local detour in place as outlined below:
Bridge No. 232 Surrey Hills Bridge
· North bound traffic detour via Anama Station Road, Anama Valetta Road, Anama Cavendish Road.
· South bound traffic detour via Anama Cavendish Road, Anama Valetta Road, Anama Station Road.
Expected closure duration 19 October 2020 – 11 December 2020
Heavy Traffic Detour RouteA heavy traffic detour route is being put in place from 5 October 2020 - 11 December 2020:
· North bound traffic detour via Mayfield Valetta Road, Thompsons Track, Ashburton Staveley Road, Forks Road.
· South bound traffic detour via Forks Road, Ashburton Staveley Road, Thompsons Track, Mayfield Valetta Road.
All of the above closure dates may change as a result of adverse weather events
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience these closures may cause.
Once the new bridges are in place, we anticipate there will be significant benefits for the district