A bridge not many cross even if they know where it is.
Traveling between Kaikoura's Whales and the Hanmer Springs Thermal area, the shortest distance is Highway 70 to Waiau then cutting across the western edge of the Amuri Plain through the old Lyndon and Leslie hills stations and crossing the Waiau River at what is known as Double Bridges.
Two bridges utilising an Island, then returning to the Lewis Pass Highway at Montrose.
No more however as the massive storm that delivered destructive winds and heavy rains in the headwaters has left the shortcut closed.
Situated at the intake for the Amuri Plains Irrigation canal it gave an appearance of a very stable rock foundation but that has been compromised as the Pics from the Hurunui District Council website show.
For now no-one can cross it, not massive in infrastructure problem but inconvenient for some and expensive for the ratepayers as it is a County road, and just the sort of unexpected cost a small local authority can face that was a significant driver in my support for the absorption of Banks Peninsula Dist Council into Christchurch City.