Work on replacement begins

Soon to be two.

Work to replace the 137-year-old Beaumont single lane bridge started this week.

A sod-turning ceremony was held in early December to mark the start of the three-year, $25million project.

Its replacement was given approval due to increased traffic flows through the area, as well as the number of heavy vehicles travelling through the area to Central Otago.

Built in 1887, the wrought-iron bridge provided an important link over the Clutha River on State Highway 8 connecting Dunedin, Central Otago and Queenstown.

The historic bridge will still serve as a crossing across the Clutha but instead of motor vehicles it will be used by cyclists and walkers.

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