The Luggate Red Bridge will remain under wraps for another
month. Photo by Marjorie Cook.
The Luggate Red Bridge will remain slate grey for at
least another month, thanks to a large blanket that has
shrouded the 95-year-old structure for nearly two months.
All should be revealed at the end of April - and the bridge
will still be red - New Zealand Transport Authority Central
Otago area manager John Jarvis assured yesterday.
The one-lane bridge is being repainted, hence the scaffolding
and covering to protect the workers. Some concrete spall
repairs also have to be done.
NZTA had initially hoped contractor Fulton Hogan could have
finished the bridge works by next weekend, in time for the
Warbirds Over Wanaka Airshow.
"It is not going to be finished before Easter. It is a bit
disappointing but there's been some contractual issues about
the job on site. Progress has been a bit slower than hoped,"
Mr Jarvis said.
The delays were not attributable to weather, which had been
fine. Sandblasting had taken a little longer than expected.
There would be private discussions with the contractor, Mr
A set of traffic lights has caused some very minor delays for
motorists but the contractors had managed the traffic well
and no complaints had arisen, Mr Jarvis said.
Although the bridge would not be finished by Easter, no
traffic disruptions were expected during the holiday period,
A budget of $290,000 has been set aside for the work.