Recently featured in EG magazine, come along to this site visit to learn about the new Ōpaoa Bridge construction from the engineers involved. Hosting us are NZ Transport Agency, WSP and Downer.
Visitor parking will be available at the southern site access (Blenheim end of existing bridge). An induction will be held at the site office via walkway and sign in area at the top of the southern ramp.
The following PPE is required to attend this site visit: Long sleeve hi-vis, long pants, hard hat, steel cap boots and safety glasses.
Following the site visit refreshments will be served at the nearby Dodson Street Beer Garden
This project is to address operational and resilience risks on SH1 at the existing, 100-year-old Ōpaoa Bridge. Due to traffic capacity and safety issues, scour risk and seismic deficiency, a new bridge is currently being constructed immediately upstream of the existing bridge. The new bridge will be approximately 188m long with a carriageway of 10m wide (2-lane, 2-way) and curved for a third of its length at the southern end. Other major aspects of the project include the construction of about 500 stone columns as part of the ground improvements under the abutments, road realignment with 400m of new approaches on the north side and 130m on the south side, and landscaping. The existing bridge is a Category 1 listed heritage structure and will be retained as a pedestrian and cycle bridge.
For more information please refer to the NZ Transport Agency webpage
This is a combined event with the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ).
Thanks to WSP and Downer for sponsoring this event.