Recommended Sponsor - Buy Original Artwork Directly from the Artist

Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Work begins next Monday (3 July) to restore two lane travel to Oringi rail overbridge, following damage to the safety barrier in March.

The rail overbridge on State Highway 2 near Dannevirke has been reduced to a single lane and traffic light control, after a truck extensively damaged the concrete side barrier on the northbound lane.

Up to 15 metres of concrete barrier on the side of the north bound lane was severely damaged at the time.

The bridge itself remains structurally sound and has been assessed as safe to travel across.

Waka Kotahi Manawatū/Whanganui and Taranaki System Manager Rob Service says we have worked closely with KiwiRail, since the guardrail was fabricated, on the process of the repair work and consent for permission to work above the railway.

“The focus will initially be on removing the existing concrete barriers across the entire bridge and replacing them with steel Thrie-beam guardrails.

“Contractors will begin working on the damaged northbound side before moving to the southbound lane.

“The safety of all road users is an absolutely priority. Scaffolding will be used beneath the bridge to ensure safe access and prevent construction debris falling onto the rail tracks below. Scaffolding also means the bridge can remain open to a single lane, while this work is carried out.

“Safely restoring two lane travel on this bridge is something we’ve been looking forward for some time. It’s a crucial bridge connecting Manawatū, Tararua and Hawke’s Bay. We know delays to traffic using the bridge since March have been frustrating. We really appreciate everyone’s support and understanding over the past few months.

“The installation of guardrails are an essential part of any structure, for the safety of all road users,” says Mr Service.