Essential deck repair work on the Kawarau Falls Bridge will
not be completed until about May 16.
The work on the bridge, which joins Frankton and Kelvin
Heights, began last month and required partial night-time
closures between 11pm and 6am Sundays to Fridays, excluding
New Zealand Transport Agency senior network manager John
Jarvis said the delays were caused by the ''unpredictable
nature of the work''.
''Our contractor has been doing a top-quality job on the
replacement boards to about 35% of the bridge, to give bridge
users an improved ride ahead of the new ski season.''
He said the repairs, which would cost about $150,000, were
part of ongoing maintenance resulting in a ''smoother ride''
and reduced ''rattle and clatter'' from the decking.
Earlier this month, the Queenstown Times reported
almost half a million dollars had been spent on repairs to
the bridge over the past 10 years, most of it on replacing
the one-lane bridge's running boards.
During the night-time closures, the bridge would be open for
traffic for 10-minute periods on the hour.