Little impact seen from bridge closures

Published date28 May 2023
Publication titleOtago Daily Times: Web Edition Articles (New Zealand)
Lake Wānaka Tourism chief executive Tim Barke said while the Department of Conservation's decision to close the Blue Pools and Rob Roy bridges would "certainly have some impact" on tourism, there were plenty of alternative options for visitors

"I don't think it's significantly going to affect the experience of visitors to Wānaka, or the local community," he said.

"It'll be an inconvenience for some people but the Department of Conservation also has to do what they need to to be able to ensure that all the infrastructure is safe and fit for purpose."

Doc announced on Friday it was closing the Blue Pools and Rob Roy bridges for "major upgrades", while the Makarora bridge would need replacing entirely.

Doc Central Otago operations manager David Butt said Doc hoped to have the bridges to Makarora and the Blue Pools reopened by March next year, while the expected finish date for the Rob Roy bridge required further consultation.

"Engineering and design work on...

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