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The Central Otago District Council has decided to leave temporary traffic lights in place on approaches to Clyde’s historic one-way bridge until after Waitangi weekend.

The council plans to consult with the community to assess support for traffic lights to be placed on the bridge longer term, it announced on January 29.

Lights were initially installed at the bridge for the Christmas and New Year period to operate from December 22 and January 10.

Cyclists on the Dunstan Lake Trail and the Otago Central Rail Trail use the Clyde Bridge, as do motorists.

There is a walkway on the side of the bridge cyclists can wheel their bikes across.

The council said it was working on options for building a separate crossing point for bikes and discussed the possibility of using the Clyde Dam with Contact Energy but that was not an option because of Contact’s operational requirements.