Work on Pyramid Bridge progresses despite set backs

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The new Pyramid Bridge across the Mataura River near Riversdale is on track for completion by July despite setbacks, Gore District Council roading manager Peter Standring says.

“Progress has been good,” Mr Stranding said.

“I am happy given the circumstances.

“There have been interruptions with the pandemic but our contractors have been diligent.”

Limited work had continued throughout the Level 4 and Level 3 lockdown periods.

“We did debate it. We decided it that to leave it would be irresponsible.”

This was because the scour protection that was installed needed to be worked on. If work on the bridge had stopped, this progress would literally have washed away.

The building of the $3.79million bridge began in December last year. It was predicted the bridge would take six months to build.

Between this year’s flooding and now the pandemic, the path to completion had not been a smooth one.

“It’s put it back a bit.”

However this setback was only minimal and the work was still largely on target thanks to the team involved.

The bridge itself was nearing completion to the point where a car could theoretically now be driven across the river.

“But it wouldn’t be able to actually get up on to the bridge.”

Diggers could be seen working at the site.

“We’re doing earthworks at the moment. We’re building the approaches.”

The bridge also needed sealing before it would open.

The official opening would be announced closer to the time.