New bridge shapes up

Road works
Beams being placed on the Morrinsville Rd Bridge.

The new bridge on Gordonton Rd is due to open this December. Also nearing completion are the Morrinsville Rd bridge, late October, and one in Matangi, February 2018.

These bridges have been built ‘on the ground’, with the expressway route to be excavated beneath the bridges this summer.

NZ Transport Agency portfolio manager Peter Simcock said work is progressing well but construction has been affected by the recent wet weather.

Kay Rd was originally expected to reopen to traffic before Christmas 2017 but bridge construction has been affected by weather and difficult ground conditions. It will now open in June 2018.

Once Kay Rd is reopened, Horsham Downs Rd will close near the intersection with Borman Rd for up to eight months to build another bridge over the expressway.

“Unfortunately the terrain in this area will not allow space for a traffic diversion around the area required for bridge construction and service relocations.

“But we will be working with the community to ensure they are kept up to date about the routes they can follow,” he said.

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