Arundel now focus of bridge restoration
Work will be beginning as soon as possible to restore the necessary north south link at Arundel this afternoon.
Timaru Civil Defence is prioritising the upper Rangitata bridge crossing as it will see water levels drop to a
manageable level hours before the downstream bridge at State Highway 1.
Timaru Emergency Operations Centre Controller Justin Bagust said the district roading contractors were now assembling
heavy machinery at the southern approach to the road to be ready as soon as the water levels subside.
“We’re aware of the importance of the north south link and by prioritising this route we can hopefully have a passable
solution for people as soon as possible.
“It still remains a dynamic situation, and we can’t give any indication of a timeline at the moment, but we’ll have
updates as soon as we can.
“We’d ask people to stay where they are at the moment and not to drive up to the bridge, as it will still be some time
before we have any progress and we need to ensure access for heavy vehicles and supplies.
“Please check the TDC website and Facebook for further updates.”