Use will protect history
Experts in bridge design are being asked for ideas on how the historic bridge piers in Alexandra can be used. The stone piers, alongside the bridge which is currently used to cross the Clutha River, were built in 1882. Central Otago District councillor Clair Higginson said discussions about how they could be used began in the late nineties. More recently, a working party, which she belonged to, was formed, to consider the future of the piers and the other parts of the old bridge which remain. Experts have told the working party the historic infrastructure is likely to be looked after better if it is used. At present there was concern excrement from the hundreds of pigeons which roost on the bridges could damage both the new steel structure and the old stone piers. About 400 pigeons were shot in December, but the New Zealand Transport Agency’s Central Otago manager, John Jarvis, said ongoing culling operations would be needed. The working party was also worried a stormwater drain which poured over part of the historic bridge on the south side of the river was causing damage. Ms Higginson said the most commonly suggested use for the historic structures was a walking and cycling bridge to link trails on either side of the river, but whether a new bridge was attached to the old piers would depend on their structural integrity. It was not yet known how sound the piers were under the water, so they may only be used for aesthetic reasons, she said. The community would be consulted before any decisions on the future of the historic piers were made.
United: Cromwell Rotary members at their annual handover dinner held at Northburn Station on Friday took time to join the world fight against polio by
making the ‘‘End Polio Now: This Close’’ sign and raising funds for the polio cause. At the centre of the photo
is outgoing president John Angus (wearing his chain) and on his left is incoming president Murray Kennedy. Cromwell Rotary will also be helping local schools to organise their own ‘‘This Close’’ polio fund raising days and adding their images to the ‘‘World’s Biggest Commercial’’.
Pier review: Central Otago District councillor Clair Higginson says expert views are being sought on how the historic bridge piers in Alexandra could be used.