Road closures and restrictions
Temporary Bridge Speed and Weight Change
> 24 January 2019
Just prior to Christmas Kaipara District Council placed a restriction on the weight limit of the Insley Street Bridge after significant defects were identified following routine structural inspections.
The roading team have been working diligently since returning from the Christmas break to devise an interim solution that lessens the impact to all motorists.
Work repairing the bridge is expected to begin in March and should take approximately 11 weeks to get the bridge fully reopened.
The Changes This Week
From Friday afternoon on the 25th of January the bridge’s weight limit restriction will be lifted. To achieve this the bridge will be restricted down to a single lane down the centre of the bridge that is controlled by Temporary Traffic Signals. The Traffic Signals are activated by approaching vehicles and will turn green when it is safe to pass.
This change meets the requirements for Temporary Traffic Management under NZTA’s Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management (CoPTTM) and stops further damage to the structure of the bridge until repair works can be completed. This will also allow the bridge to be used by school buses which recommence operation next week.
Plan Your Journeys
Should you wish to avoid this route into Mangawhai Village altogether, Council suggest continuing along State Highway 1 to Kaiwaka and take Kaiwaka Mangawhai Road.
Senior Asset Engineer Andy Brown says “While the use of lights may add a little bit of extra time and disruption to the overall trip, it’s Council’s responsibility to ensure the safety of everybody. Given the extra tourism/summer traffic this isn’t an ideal time to drop to one lane, but it’s the best option for everybody’s safety and reducing worsening the bridge’s structure in the short term.”
For more information contact Council on 0800 727 059
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