Two lanes on the damaged Auckland Harbour Bridge have now reopened on Wednesday morning after the installing of a temporary fix overnight was a success.
Auckland commuters faced extensive delays already this week after damage caused by a freak accident on Friday when two trucks were hit by high winds, resulting in half of the lanes on the bridge being closed.
The New Zealand Transport Agency said the lower half of the damaged 22.7 metre strut has been replaced with a section of “freshly fabricated” steel.
The temporary fix was completed after specialist bridge engineers and fabricators assessed the damage, designed a new strut, and planned the repair before manufacturing the strut.
This temporary repair allows two extra lanes (one northbound lane and one southbound lane) on the centre span of the bridge to open to traffic. The two outer clip-on lanes are also open, which means three lanes in each direction.”
The centre span lanes remain closed.
The temporary strut on the bridge is still in a compromised state and loads on the bridge will need to be managed carefully.
This will remain until the permanent solution is in place and the bridge can support its full weight capacity again.”
The agency is now working on a permanent repair to the damage which will see all lanes reopen.