Another milestone was reached in the construction of the Beaumont Bridge last week with the first girders placed on a pier on the eastern side of the Clutha River.
The new, two›lane bridge will handle expected traffic growth and meet up›to›date earthquake standards.
The historic wrought›iron, single lane bridge built in 1887 is no longer suited to modern traffic volumes and weights but will remain after the new bridge opens as a functional feature on the popular Clutha Gold walking and cycling trail.
All going well, the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency plans to have traffic using the new bridge by the last quarter of 2023.
Other on›site work will continue for a few months after the opening, including applying a second coat of seal to the traffic lanes.
REPORT: NICK BROOK. PHOTO: SUPPLIED