Ashley Bridge Update

Council News Media Release Today:
Following the flood damage to the Ashley Bridge at Cones Road in Rangiora yesterday in which one its piers was swept away, Waimakariri District Council contractors, Taggart Earthmoving Ltd, are today deploying a bulldozer to the river in an attempt to divert the flow of water so as to allow engineering assessments of the extent of any further damage. Immediately following that, Daniel Smith Ltd will be undertaking repair work on the pier that was washed away in an attempt to return the bridge to useable service as soon as possible.
The operation will be subject to weather conditions and river flows. The bridge itself will be closed at least until next week and, dependent on the outcome of the assessments being carried out, more likely for a significantly longer period. How long, at this stage, is unknown.
Traffic diversions are in place and the Council has sought the assistance of both the Police and the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) in handling the likely volume of traffic diverted onto State Highway 1.

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2 Responses to “Ashley Bridge Update”

  1. Drew Mitchell Says:

    It would be nice if a temporary speed restriction is placed on SH1 at the tee intersection to mitigate any accidents or other difficulties with traffic…

    • David Ayers Says:

      Thanks Drew. As you can imagine, our staff are in contact with NZTA over the bridge, and are or will be talking to them about safety at that corner. We know from Pineacres corner that people sometimes misjudge the speed of oncoming traffic on the open road. A number of our staff live north of the Ashley, so we are receiving reports about their daily commute, as you can imagine. I’ll make sure the appropriate staff are aware of your comments. Regards David

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