FINAL UPDATE THU 17 OCT 2019
Kuaotunu River bridge reopens
Our contractors have done a fantastic job to get the bridge opened ahead of schedule, and more than a week before Labour weekend, despite the heavy rain and strong winds that battered the area earlier this week. Traffic management remains in place, including a 30km/h speed restriction.
Please note that, weather dependent, the bridge will need to close again for the day on Monday (21 Oct) to carry out resurfacing works.
UPDATE TUE 08 OCT 2019
Repairing Kuaotunu bridge to reconnect SH25
Work to repair the Kuaotunu Bridge on SH25 Coromandel after last month’s storm is progressing well, with the bridge expected to reopen within the next couple of weeks.
The repair team has finished driving the piles on the northern side of the bridge and has switched to the southern side. Once all the piles have been driven they will need to be cut to size and the bridge abutments filled with concrete before work to reinstate the bridge deck can begin.
“We understand that these works are frustrating for local residents and those who travel to the area often, however, our contractors are working as hard as they can to repair the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible,” says Transport Agency Waikato Systems Manager Karen Boyt.
The Transport Agency has joined together with Thames Coromandel District Council to provide a free shuttle bus service from Kuaotunu to Whitianga every day while the bridge is closed.
The Go Kiwi shuttle departs from outside the Kuaotunu fire station, at 7:30am and 8:30am and then returns from Whitianga at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. From Wednesday 9 October there will also be a lunchtime bus leaving Whitianga at 11.30 and Kuaotunu at 12pm.
Anyone travelling in the area should check our Journey Planner, www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or call 0800 44 44 49 before leaving for the most up to date information.
Following an assessment after recent heavy rain, the SH25 Kuaotunu River bridge has been closed, for around five weeks, to repair weather damage.
We understand the frustration this may cause for those who live in or travel to the area often, however our contractors are working as hard as they can to repair the damage as quickly and efficiently as possible.
During this time detours will be clearly signposted via either SH25A and SH25 or SH25 Thames Coast Road.
We hope to have the bridge open again by Labour Weekend, however, this is weather dependant. We will keep the community updated, and thank you for your patience during this time.
UPDATE TUE 24 SEP 2019
Repair works to SH25 Kuaotonu River Bridge began on Sunday 22 Sep, following an early morning karakia by local Iwi. Our contractors have started to remove the wooden deck after stripping back the seal layers. The seal and deck have been removed by hand, and efforts made to protect the environment by installing a platform below the deck.