Piling begins on Kōpaki rail overbridge replacement
21 Dec 2021, 4:16 PM
The weather’s warming up and so is progress on the replacement rail overbridge on State Highway 30 at Kōpaki.
Motorists passing by the site recently will have seen the crane which has been brought on to site and beginning work on installing the piles for the new bridge. The beams for the new bridge are planned to arrive on site late autumn next year.
Material has been brought onto site from both the Te Kuiti side of the bridge and the Benneydale side, to raise the road level for the approach to the new bridge.
On both sides of the railway line construction has begun on the abutments and a temporary crossing of the stream beside the railway lines has been installed so that construction vehicles do not impact on the waterway.
The realigned section of Kōpaki Road will be the first section of roading completed and the traffic diverted over it and back onto SH30 at the current intersection location, so the remaining section of new SH30 can be built. This is expected to happen around March next year.
The site will be shut down over Christmas as the team from Downer Construction and their sub-contractors take a well earned break. Activity on site will start up again on 10 January 2022.
Media release: Waka Kotahi NZTA