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Plans to install traffic signals on Luggate’s historic red bridge could soon get the green light.

NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has added traffic lights to its list of things to do to the bridge in 2019 as part of its ongoing maintenance schedule.

NZTA senior network manager for Otago John Jarvis said the idea was only at the investigation stage.

The aim of the lights would be to control the speed of motorists, particularly drivers of trucks, who are meant to slow to 30kmh when crossing the bridge.

The 102-year-old structure, on SH8A between Wanaka and Luggate, was repaired last month.

During that work, the single-lane bridge was closed to motorists at certain times, and an alternate route was offered.

The latest repair work involved replacing timber running boards and deck boards, as well as undertaking deck strengthening.

Mr Jarvis said traffic lights were being investigated as a means to help slow vehicles down, to keep wear and tear to a minimum.

“We haven’t set a date,” he said of when that might happen.

“It will make it a lot safer for the increased traffic [using] the bridge.”

A similar project would also take place on the Albert Town bridge, he said.

Work on the Luggate bridge, begun in July, was now completed, but he did not rule out other work as and when repairs were required.

“Being a timber deck bridge it does require ongoing maintenance.”

The next round of maintenance was expected about March.

A lower speed restriction will also be enforced near the Luggate township. An electronic sign will be placed at the intersection of State Highways 6 and 8A on the Wanaka side of Luggate as part of the Government’s $22.5million safety programme.

also known as rural intersection activated warning signs, will reduce the speed on State Highway 6 from 100kmh to 70kmh.

It is one of 10 signs to be installed nationally at high-risk intersections.

There have been three fatalities, three serious injuries and four minor injuries, the result of six crashes, within 50m of the Luggate intersection from 2007 to 2016.