Use will pro­tect his­tory

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By JESSICA MAD­DOCK

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.

Photo: KEITH MOR­GAN.

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’’.

Photo: JESSICAMADDOCK

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.

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