Commuters on the Te Awanui Drive will be reduced to using one lane at the Aerodrome Bridge on Wednesday morning while glass panels are removed.
People who are late getting to work because of the delays can blame whoever broke three of the toughened and laminated 15mm glass panels just one day after the Harbour Link Project was officially opened.
Bridge windows smashed just a day after the completion of the Harbour Link Project.
“We are going to take it all down tomorrow starting at 5am,” says project manager Kevin Reid.
“We are going to have to close one of the lanes, which is a bit disappointing – having just opened them all up.”
The large glass panels are being taken down now because there won’t be the staff on duty over Christmas and New Year to clean up any more breakages.
“A few people are upset about it, we worked really hard last week to get these panels up,” says Kevin.
“Tomorrow we will be closing a lane off and there will be queues in Hull Road. Not as bad as there has been, but it won’t be as good as the last couple of days.”
The Tauranga bound lane will be closed on the Whareroa side of the Aerodrome Bridge from 5am on Wednesday, December 23. Kevin expects the lane closure will be removed by late afternoon Wednesday. The future of the panels will be assessed in the new year.
“It is an exposed position and even in the middle of the night that street is never empty. I imagine someone must have seen it,” says Kevin.