Victoria Street Bridge
We’ve completed work on the Victoria Street Bridge, with our team having wrapped up the final tasks, such as touching up the handrails, in mid-November 2023.
One of the major wins for this project has been carrying out the work without any disruption to traffic. The team have used innovative methods to complete the most complex parts of the maintenance, including replacing sections of cross bracing, without a bridge closure.
Now all that's left to do is pack up the scaffolding. While the work itself is complete, some of the scaffolding will remain in place until mid-December when it is scheduled to be removed.
The repaint is expected to last 20-25 years, and will protect the steel from corrosive elements such as weather and pigeon poo.
A big thank you for your patience while we carried out this important work.
Painting by numbers
Take a look at what it takes to repaint a bridge.
How was the work carried out?
The bridge was scaffolded and repainted in sections starting on the Cambridge town side and working across to the Leamington side.
Each Section was wrapped prior to the repainting and maintenance work starting to prevent any paint particles or other debris from falling onto the vegetation below or into the Waikato River.
Once wrapped, the section was blasted by a grit sand blaster to remove the original paint and any necessary maintenance carried out such as replacing small sections of steel, nuts and bolts. The section was then repainted with a long lasting, highly durable paint. On some sections, an extra layer of anti-graffiti paint was also added to help protect the bridge.
You can see the different sections outlined in the graphic below.
Was traffic affected by the work?
No. While we initially expected some disruption to traffic during the project due to its size and complexity, our team made it a top priority to complete the work without impacting the community and found innovative alternatives to closing the bridge.
Now that the project is complete, all that’s left to do is pack up the scaffolding. This will take place by mid-December, and can be completed without any traffic disruption.