Ashburton road bridge closed for tests

June 2, 2021 8:12 am

The flood-damaged Ashburton SH1 bridge will be closed for more stress testing from 10:00 am this morning, June 2, to 2:00 pm.

Trucks need to use alternate routes to get around Ashburton until the SH1 Ashburton bridge reopens. Details are posted on the Ashburton District Council’s webpage:

Please check the Waka Kotahi map for the current state highway road closures across Canterbury 

The Ashburton bridge opened for light vehicle traffic only in the evening on June 1.  Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been testing the bridge using 14-tonne concrete blocks which were carried to the bridge by truck and hoisted by crane onto the impacted pier.

The damaged pier sank around 150mm during the floods, says Waka Kotahi system manager, Pete Connors.

He is urging people to take it slowly on all bridges and local roads in coming days.  

“Many roads will need patching and repairs after being under water and damaged by debris for 48 hours. There will be temporary speed limits in several places around the Canterbury region while crews catch up with that work.

“Waka Kotahi’s bridge engineers are working on the longer-term solutions for this bridge’s pier and we will keep the community informed as that is developed,” says Connors.