Bridge repairs begin at Tuapeka Mouth

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Work has started on repairs to the Tuapeka Mouth bridge.

Contractors for the Clutha District Council began on schedule last week the planned major repair work for the Tuapeka Mouth road bridge approaches.

Access over the 90-year-old bridge is now closed to the public until October 15.

When the Clutha Leader visited the site last Tuesday, workers for the main contractor Southroads were installing the final parts of a temporary footbridge that had been installed below the bridge to allow pedestrian access over the river.

During previous repair work in 2009 it was discovered that the bridge abutments were damaged, and needed extensive repair work.

The contractor plans to clear out the abutments, replace and strengthen the foundations.
CDC consulting engineers say this should be the last major bridge work, apart from routine maintenance, for the next 30 years.

Official detour routes to Lawrence and Tuapeka West (via Breakneck Rd) will be displayed next to the bridge-closure signs.