Expect delays at the Luggate Bridge before Easter. Photo by
The 96-year-old Luggate Bridge, also known as the Red
Bridge, is to be repainted red before Easter, and the work
could cause some periodic but short traffic delays most
mornings until the job is finished.
The single-lane steel structure is on State Highway 8A over
the Clutha River, connecting Luggate and Tarras.
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has begun preparatory work,
including installing the scaffold, and expects the work to be
finished by Wednesday, March 31.
Some minor decking repairs would also occur.
NZTA Central Otago area manager John Jarvis said road users
could expect periodic delays of up to 10 minutes between 7am
and 8pm Mondays to Saturdays.
The NZTA apologised for the delays, which were unavoidable
because road-user safety was a priority while the work was
being done, he said.
"The contractor will be working fairly long hours to get the
work done as soon as possible before Easter, not just because
of the weather but because of [the] Warbirds [airshow]," he