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Te Matau a Pohe spruce up by end of year

 
This page contains information about maintenance work that will be carried on our Te Matau a Pohe bridge.
Updated: 17/11/2017 8:17 a.m.

​Te Matau a Pohe is entering its fourth summer and is due for its first major maintenance work, to ensure its good performance continues in the years to come. 

“The bridge has been through a wide range of weather over the past 15 seasons and we have made tweaks along the way to allow for different behaviour in the wind, the cold, extreme heat and anything else that crops up,” said Council Roading Manager Jeff Devine. 

“Now it’s time to give the whole thing a good maintenance going over to keep it working perfectly.”

Mr Devine said the bridge would be closed or partly closed for periods during the work. Sometimes this will affect all traffic (including walkers, vehicles and marine vessels) and sometimes only one group will be affected. 

“To minimise disruption we are carrying out this work in November. That way we can make use of daylight saving hours and better weather before things get too busy in December.

“The programme has been based around having no closures during the Guy Fawkes Day fireworks on 4 November and the Christmas in the Park on 9 December. We have also tried to provide a window for traffic associated with the Night Food Markets on 10 November.

“Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs at Riverside Drive and Port Road will show the status of the bridge and we are putting out notice boards to advise walkers. Marine transport will be informed through marine channels. 

“We recommend that skippers with boats higher than 6.5m intending on going through the bridge during these periods plan ahead and either go through the bridge before or after these dates or time their trips to coincide with the planned openings.  

“Skippers planning to go through the bridge during one of the planned openings should book in with Bridge Control and be ready at the bridge before the opening time. Skippers can tie up to the bridge pontoons which are provided for this purpose.” 

Closures and openings for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles:

Sunday 29 October 8pm to Friday 3 November 10pm – Southern footpath and road shoulder closed.

  • Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the northern footpath. Road traffic will be able to use the bridge as per normal. 

Sunday 5 November 8pm to Friday 10 November 8pm – Northern footpath and road shoulder closed.

  • Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to use the southern footpath. Road traffic will be able to use the bridge as per normal. 

Friday 10 November 8pm to Monday 13 November 6am– Full road and footpath closure.

  • There will be no pedestrian or road traffic access across the bridge. Dave Culham Drive will be closed at the Port Road and Riverside Drive roundabouts.

Friday 17 November 7pm to Sunday 19 November 12am (midnight) – Full road and footpath closure.

  • There will be no pedestrian or road traffic access across the bridge. Dave Culham Drive will be closed at the Port Road and Riverside Drive roundabouts. 

Friday 24 November 7pm to Sunday 26 November 10pm – Full road and footpath closure.

  • There will be no pedestrian or road traffic access across the bridge. Dave Culham Drive will be closed at the Port Road and Riverside Drive roundabouts. 

Closures and openings for marine/river traffic:

​       Date                         ​Bridge closure for marine traffic starts ​Planned Half Hour Openings ​Bridge closure for marine traffic ends
Wednesday 8 Nov ​7am ​Noon ​6pm
​Thursday 9 Nov ​7am ​1pm 6pm
​Friday 10 Nov ​7am ​2pm ​10pm
​Saturday 11 Nov ​8am ​3pm ​8pm
​Sunday 12 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​
​Monday 13 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​
​Tuesday 14 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​
Wednesday 15 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​
​Thursday 16 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​
​Friday 17 Nov ​7.30pm ​7pm - 7.30pm ​Midnight
​Saturday 18 Nov Still closed

​8am - 8.30am

8pm - 8.30pm

​Midnight
​Sunday 19 Nov ​8.30am

​8am - 8.30am

8pm - 8.30pm

​Midnight
​Monday 20 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​ ​ ​
​Tuesday 21 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​ ​ ​
Wednesday 22 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​ ​ ​
​Thursday 23 Nov ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​ ​ ​ ​
​Friday 24 Nov ​7pm ​10pm
​Saturday 25 Nov ​8am ​2pm - 2.30pm ​10pm
​Sunday 26 Nov ​8am ​2pm - 2.30pm ​10pm
​Monday 27 Nov Onwards ​No bridge closure - normal operation ​going forward ​ ​
 

You can also read more about the normal operations on our Te Matau a Pohe page on our website.

Please note that the planned lifts for boats may be subject to delay to ensure the safety of people working on the bridge.

The contacts for Bridge Control are:
VHF Channel 18, mobile +64 (0)21 401 752 or landline +64 (0)9 438 7261

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