WORK is progressing well for bridge strengthening work on the Tiniroto Road this weekend.
The Tiniroto Road will be closed on Friday for three days while contractors strengthen the Waitahora Bridge, 2km north of Frasertown.
The work will involve strengthening and widening the bridge which will increase its capacity for heavier vehicles.
The strengthening work means the bridge will be dismantled on Friday to make way for new beams and a new deck on Saturday.
People expecting to use the Tiniroto Road over the three day shutdown will need to plan an alternative route or make travel plans in advance.
Alternative routes include Ohuka Road (through Te Reinga) or State Highway 2 heading towards Gisborne.
The bridge will remain a single-lane structure but will be widened to 4.5m to allow more space for wider loads.
Physical work on the Deep Creek Bridge, 23km from Frasertown on Tiniroto Road, has finished and was designed to increase capacity for heavy productivity motor vehicles.
The Wairoa District Council was thrilled to have awarded the contract for this work to local contractors Quality Roading and Services (Wairoa) Limited.
Engineering manager Jamie Cox says the Tiniroto Road is a strategic route for the Wairoa community and is often used by heavy vehicle traffic as an alternative to State Highway 2.
"Tiniroto Road has been used as an alternative route to Gisborne a number of times over the years when the state highway has been unavailable due to flooding and accidents."
Mr Cox said at this stage they are giving people a heads up that there will be a road closure with the actual dates to be advised closer to the time.
31 October 2018
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