North Shore Boulevard to re-open Monday

North Shore Boulevard, which has been closed since July 2 because of damage to the bridge over Stony Creek, will re-open on Monday, July 13 with a temporary load limit in place until further notice.

The bridge was damaged when a vehicle was set alight under it on the evening of July 1. The heat from the fire was hot enough to spall the concrete cover on several bridge deck units, which exposed the high tensile, prestressed wires in those deck units.

Division 2 councillor Sue Blom thanked the community for their patience and understanding during the closure of North Shore Boulevard.

Further assessments of the damage have been undertaken by an external engineering company with specialist capabilities in fire engineering.

Council has been advised that it can re-open the road and bridge, however it will be necessary to impose a temporary 5-tonne load limit. This will mean that cars and vans can cross the bridge, however trucks cannot.

Council will install signage to advise of the load limit and will consider other traffic control and monitoring measures to enforce the limit.

Further work will be undertaken by Council to identify longer-term solutions to the damage to the bridge.

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