More on Rangiora’s Ashley Bridge

Although many people complain about the width of the Cones Road bridge, it has another major problem: it’s too short.

Because of the bridge’s length, the stop-banks on either side are much closer to each other, creating a much narrower channel.  This becomes a pressure point at times of flood – and is where the 1953 flood broke out.

Environment Canterbury has talked for a long time about the need to build a stopbank further south, towards River Road.  The bridge then would be left cut off if a flood filled the channel as far as this suggested stopbank.

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