Rakaia bridge under night repair this weekend

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The northern end of the SH1 Rakaia River bridge.

People using the SH1 Rakaia River bridge are being warned about night repairs on the bridge this weekend.

The Rakaia bridge is the longest road bridge in New Zealand at 1.7km long but is in need of repairs.

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency crews will be working on the bridge this Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights, from 8pm until around 6am.

“As well as fixing damage to the side panels from crashes, other repairs to the bridge will be completed before the summer peak traffic period,” said Barry Stratton, maintenance contract manager for the NZ Transport Agency in Canterbury.

The repairs will be to an expansion joint, which can only occur in the warmer months and when vehicle numbers are low, and asphalt surfacing at the north abutment.

During the closures, the road will open on the hour temporarily to let traffic through.

“If we can manage more people across within the hour and get the work done safely, we will do so.”

Drivers of over-dimension vehicles will need to take another route or delay their journeys.