‘Skew Bridge’ Requiring Repairs – Commuters Advised to use Lineside Road from Mid-Aug

Residents commuting between the Waimakariri District and Christchurch will be best to use Lineside Road while the Skewbridge Road bridge undergoes repairs from mid-August.

Engineers doing a maintenance assessment recently identified there are some repairs required to a beam under the bridge near Silverstream, Kaiapoi.

Repairs are expected to start from Monday 17 August and signage will be up along the route in the next week giving regular drivers of the road advanced warning.

While the bridge will remain open to traffic it will be one-lane only with temporary two-way traffic lights in place. This will cause delays – so using the alternative route is advised if you can.

The temporary traffic lights will be in place until the work is completed, which will take around four weeks.

Roading Manager Joanne McBride says that the work is mainly needed underneath the bridge, and requires concrete to cure which takes time.

“Motorists may not see much happening while driving over the bridge, but we can assure you that we’ll be working to get the repairs completed as quickly as possible.”

In the 2019 Annual Plan the Council consulted on designing a replacement for this bridge. This was deferred as it required Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency funding.

A replacement was also put forward as a ‘shovel ready’ project to the Infrastructure Reference Group this year for central government funding. The Council have not yet been advised of the outcome. Since then Mayor Dan Gordon has pressed the need for a replacement to Waka Kotahi's chief executive as well as Minister of Transport Phil Twyford.