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    A few weeks ago the Waiho River bridge was swept away in a flood. Before the wash-out it was a 26-minute drive on the highway between Franz Joseph Glacier on the north, and Fox Glacier further south. There are no inland detours -- unless you want to count the 16-hour drive which includes going over Haast Pass and Arthur's Pass; nobody would do that and stay sane.

    I worked in the Mechanical Section of the NZ Ministry of Works from 1972-78. My colleagues in the Civil Section would have been working overtime to get a Bailey bridge as a temporary solution. MOW no longer exists, so it seems to be taking a little longer now.

    Not to worry: Kiwi ingenuity will not be defeated! https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111...ss-waiho-river
    Allan Ostling

    Phoenix, Arizona

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    They are ferrying kids to school across the river with helicopters.

    Here's a picture of what they are dealing with : https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/natio...open-in-a-week

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    • #3
      Probably cheaper to ferry the teachers

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      • #4
        yeah, us Kiwi's are pretty resourceful! The Army is assisting in fitting a Bailey Bridge at present, and it should be open for use by Friday!
        ZL1OG:KH0EX

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        • #5
          Originally posted by elf View Post
          Probably cheaper to ferry the teachers
          lol!

          Government eh.

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          • #6
            Setup a zipline for the kids. Who wouldn't want to start the school day with a zipline ride.

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            • #7
              Caulk up some of those storage containers and create a floating temporary bridge.
              Andy

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
                Setup a zipline for the kids. Who wouldn't want to start the school day with a zipline ride.
                who wouldn't want to start and end each day with a helicopter ride?

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                • #9
                  It's even better than having a pony..

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                  • #10
                    At about $500 per hour operating costs that is one very expensive ferry to run!

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                    • #11
                      It has been closed down, alas.

                      https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/111...of-safety-risk

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                      • #12
                        The dump truck looks like it is intended for work in a pit mine. There is a gold mine in the hills between Merrijigs and Reefton -- is that where it came from?
                        Allan Ostling

                        Phoenix, Arizona

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                        • #13
                          I should have read the the article more carefully. It states that the dump truck was shipped down from Greymouth. I did not know that ships still sailed on the West Coast.
                          Allan Ostling

                          Phoenix, Arizona

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                          • #14
                            They don't, apart from the odd fishing boat. It's not uncommon to use the word "shipped" loosely, as a generic term for "transported".

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                            • #15
                              I thought of highway shipping, but thought it would not be practical. There used to be this road/rail bridge south of Hokitika -- I suppose that has now been replaced. I took this photo in 1975. Trains had the right-of-way.

                              Allan Ostling

                              Phoenix, Arizona

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