The first of the two new bridges on the Matakohe SH12 realignment, Bridge No 1, is rapidly nearing completion and will soon provide access for pavement construction crews.
“The bridge deck has been poured, and this week the last of the precast edge protection barriers will be placed leaving only anti-graffiti coating and removal of temporary access to fully complete the bridge,” said a contactor’s spokesman.
“Forming and fixing Bridge No 2’s deck steel across all six spans is underway and will continue into next year. All going to plan, both bridges will be completed by the end of summer 2019.”
Earthworks are continuing at the eastern end of the realignment. Across the length of the project, 2.5km of roadway is to be built-up with pavement construction, and this is well underway at the western end.
“We continue to cut limestone from the local quarry and the seam at the eastern end. There is a lot happening, and this means there is more large equipment on-site and truck movements on the existing state highway.
“The realignment crosses the highway in two places, and as we build the new road over summer, we will need to put traffic on different alignments temporarily. There will be speed reductions in place, and there will be sections of unsealed road.
“Planning and design to ease the corners of both the current SH12/Matakohe East Road intersection and the SH12/Ararua Road intersection are nearly finished.
“We expect to carry out the works on both these intersections in February–March 2019.”
Drone footage of the project is loaded on NZTA’s Matakohe Bridges webpage; nzta.govt.nz/projects/connecting-northland/matakohe-bridges.