SH6 Waiho River Bailey Bridge Recovery

SH6 Waiho Bailey Bridge is located just south of the Franz Josef township and is a key connection for the West Coast of New Zealand. The Bailey Bridge was first constructed in 1990 and has since been raised and extended three times due to significant aggradation of the river bed.


  • West Coast, New Zealand


  • New Zealand Transport Agency

Project Value

  • 6.5M

Project Status

  • 26 March 2019 - 13 April 2019


  • NOC Contractor – Fulton Hogan, Bailey Bridge Contractor – Downer, New Zealand Defence Force
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The collaboration and cooperation between the construction teams involved in this project can be held up as an example of engineering excellence, where all involved were focused on delivering the project and restoring access along the West Coast in the shortest possible time-frame, and also on carrying out the work in the safest way possible. I have heard nothing but praise by all stakeholders - including the Franz Josef and wider West Coast community about the professionalism and commitment of teams.
Brett Gliddon GM Systems Design and Delivery, NZ Transport Agency