Tucker Road bridge closed for 4 weeks
Widening and strengthening of Tucker Road Bridge on the Poverty Bay Flats started this week 23 July.
The bridge is being widened to allow 4.3 metre wide vehicles to pass. The bridge is likely to be closed until 14 August but this will depend on the weather. Traffic will need to use Back Ormond Road and Harper Road as a detour.
Tucker Road Bridge is the second bridge on the Poverty Bay Flats to be upgraded this year. Work on Harper Road Bridge has recently been completed and is now open for use by heavier and wider vehicles. Work on Kings Road Bridge will start later this year and be completed in time for the 2014 harvest.
The bridges are being upgraded to ensure that production on the highly fertile Poverty Bay Flats is as efficient as possible. The bridges on the flats were originally designed to take 3.7 metre vehicles but this is too narrow for the wider harvesting equipment many landowner’s now use.
The cost to widen each bridge is approximately $100k per bridge. Two thirds of the cost is covered by a NZ Transport Agency subsidy; the rest by ratepayers.
The 3 bridges were all built in the 1960s and were designed to last 50 years. The work being done now will extend their life by about 25 years. All have scrape marks on the concrete beams each side from wider vehicles trying to get across.
Council thanks bridge users for their patience and cooperation while this work is completed.