Work starting on Beechwood Lane Bridge

Published on 09 May 2022


We have been planning to install an alternative bridge and then repair and refurbish the old Beechwood Lane Bridge. 

While it is still in use, its condition has deteriorated. You can read more about the bridge and the work we have done so far on our project web page.

Every month for the last two years, we’ve been carrying out safety inspections to monitor its condition, and we’re now ready to make some immediate improvements to it before the alternative bridge is installed.

Here’s what you need to know

  • On 12 and 13 May, a scaffold structure will be constructed over the top of the existing Beechwood Lane Bridge deck (separate from the existing structure). This work is expected to take less than a week.
  • During this time, the bridge will be closed for two days. If you use the bridge each day, we ask that you make alternative plans while the bridge is closed. Apologies for the inconvenience this may cause.
  • Signage will be displayed at the bridge to remind people of its two-day closure.
  • We need to remove two beech trees at one end of the pipe bridge. They are in poor condition and could damage the pipe bridge at any time. These will be removed on 6 June. The road will be closed temporarily between 7.00 am – 5.00 pm as cranes and trucks will be working in the area.
  • This temporary scaffold structure on the old bridge will remain in place and in service until the alternative bridge, next to the existing pipe bridge, is constructed (2-4 months).
  • Once the alternative bridge is in place, the scaffold structure over the existing bridge will be removed and we will attempt to lift the old Howe Truss structure out in one piece. It will be moved off site for assessment and restoration.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as we work through this project, and plan to share photos and other content on our project web page.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please get in touch with our Customer Service team at or call 04 527 2169.