Early morning commuters on State Highway 12 between Brynderwyn and Matakohe need to be on the alert for huge loads being transported to the realignment project, which will bypass the series of S-bends and one-way bridges approaching The Kauri Museum turn-off.
Last week, the first of 30 concrete beams for Bridge No 2 over the Matakohe River began arriving from Auckland at the expected rate of one beam each day.
“The transporter will depart Ranui in Auckland ahead of morning peak traffic and, traffic dependent, is expected to arrive on-site between 6am and 8am,” the contractor’s spokesman says.
“There will be days when no beam is delivered, and the time of day any given delivery arrives to site is subject to change. All deliveries will be made through the site entrance on the east side of Matakohe River.”
The transporter will reverse down the haul road to the bridge site, and then the beam will be lifted into place using the 400-tonne crane erected on-site.
“Please expect short delays in the vicinity of Hardies Bridge while the transporter reverses off the
highway under traffic management by pilot vehicles and the site traffic crew.”