Access to Hagley Park carpark re-opened early for vehicles

The bridge access at Armagh Street to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park carpark re-opened to vehicles yesterday.  

SCIRT’s McConnell Dowell team completed work on the earthquake damaged bridge three months ahead of schedule.

Work on the historic 130 year old bridge began in April this year [1] with earthquake repairs to the stonemasonry work under the brick arched structure and placing bars on an angle across the existing cracks to improve the bridge’s structural integrity. 

Christchurch City Council, General Manager Infrastructure Rebuild, John Mackie, said at the opening, “This is another step on the ladder of progress to ensure the park area is safely accessible to everyone.

“The team working here has taken all the care in the world putting this bridge back together so that it can return to the heritage family.”

SCIRT General Manager, Ian Campbell, said, “Opening the Bridge early is a real tribute to McConnell Dowell’s commitment to the projects around the Botanic Gardens and Hagley Park area.

“We are heading into the busy summer period of the Botanic Gardens and park activities season, it is vital that the bridge is safe for public use and allows easy access to the 300-space carpark which is essential for visitors to the area.

“Thousands of people enjoy these amenities every week and it will be beneficial for all to have the bridge re-opened once again.”

The bridge had remained opened to foot traffic and cyclists with an alternate access route to the carpark organised by SCIRT for vehicles.

Environmental considerations were also a key priority throughout the project ensuring that the repair work did not affect Trout Spawning season occurring in the area over this time. 

Cars driving over the newly repaired Armagh Street Bridge.

Published: 03 September 2015