Snell Place - bridge construction


Christchurch City Council is constructing a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Ōtākaro Avon River.


The former Snell Place footbridge was damaged in the 2011 earthquakes. This new bridge will reinstate valuable community connections, furthering the regeneration of the Ōtākaro Avon River Corridor.


65 Locksley Avenue, Dallington across the Ōtākaro Avon River to 722 Avonside Drive, Avonside.


25 October 2021 to late-May 2022 (weather/site condition dependent).


The contractor is HEB Construction. Phone (03) 313 7601.


  • To protect the public’s Health and Safety, the work site has been fully fenced, with proper safety signage at the site entrance. Only authorised access is allowed.
  • Site hazard boards and information signage have been installed providing details of the project. 
  • One crawler crane will be established on the north side of the river and noise control are in place.   
  • Abutment piling and construction will follow, along with a temporary platform installed within part of the river. The 30m span truss bridge will then be lifted into place, before precast decking panels are installed.
  • Diversion of the river bank walkway for pedestrian and cyclists has been provided as well as directional signage.
  • All environment protection measures (e.g. silt fences/socks, spill kits, water testing, ecology survey, etc) have been provided for and will be implemented to eliminate any adverse impact. 
  • Once the bridge is in place, timber boardwalks, asphalt concrete for the approach ramps and area landscaping will be completed before the project is finished around May 2022.