The Luggate Red Bridge over the Clutha River is set to lose
its shroud as repainting finishes. Photo by Marjorie Cook.
The beige-toned, shrouded Luggate Red Bridge on State
Highway 8A will soon be brightening the days of motorists
New Zealand Transport Agency area manager for Central Otago,
John Jarvis, said yesterday the 96-year-old one-lane bridge
was now red underneath and painters should start the final
coats next week.
The paint job was expected to be finished at the end of March
but had been delayed for several reasons, including initial
problems with sandblasting, and a delayed shipment of red
paint from Australia, which finally arrived last week.
Contractor Fulton Hogan had rostered extra workers on to the
job and they should be helped by the forecast good stretch of
weather, he said.
By the end of the month, the scaffolding should be removed
and the site tidied up.
"It will look much cleaner and brighter than what it was.
"It had dulled right off," Mr Jarvis said.