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A shutdown that’s not Covid-related

Friday April 03, 2020 Written by Published in Local
The Avatiu bridge construction is underway. 20033122 The Avatiu bridge construction is underway. 20033122

The $3.6m project to reconstruct the Avatiu bridge has closed the main road in front of some of the town’s biggest retail business.

 

Landholdings is limiting traffic over the bridge w to a single, one-way lane heading east into town. West-bound traffic will be detoured around the back road via Nukutere Road for about four months.

The one-way system will be in place for approximately 4 months as works are completed.

But contractors are guaranteeing continued access to businesses including Raro Cars, The Bond and Jaycar electronics – shoppers will simply exit through back roads.

Pedestrian traffic will also be detoured across to the port/market pedestrian bridge due to health and safety requirements.

From the township towards Nikao, there are three detour options to the backroad (to maintain access to all the businesses and homes along this stretch of road); all are marked clearly.

The first detour is marked at the Avarua roundabout, the second at Parekura road directly after the CITC main store, and the third at Polynesian rentals down Nukutere Road.

In March, RAPPA parliamentarian for the district Albert Nicholas said, “the bridge has caused some major flooding to businesses and homes, for the past several decades.”

“About 30 homes and some businesses have suffered a lot over the past years. My family and other families living in that area have lost their washing machines, freezers, motorbikes. It’s not nice hopping off your bed and stepping into some mud in your bedroom,” Nicholas said.