$2m Air­lie Rd bridge job set to be­gin

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The re­place­ment of Air­lie Rd bridge gets un­der way this week, with dis­rup­tions to traf­fic to be ‘‘kept to an ab­so­lute min­i­mum’’.

The sin­gle-lane bridge, built in 1937, has courted con­tro­versy in re­cent months, with its up­grade cost bal­loon­ing to $1.92 mil­lion due to in­creased con­struc­tion prices, re-ten­der­ing and con­sent re­quire­ments from Ki­wirail.

The new, two-lane con­crete bridge will be com­pleted be­fore the end of July, says Porirua City Coun­cil act­ing gen­eral man­ager of as­set man­age­ment and op­er­a­tions Ge­off Mar­shall.

‘‘Dur­ing this work the ex­ist­ing bridge will be re­moved and de­mol­ished. It is pos­si­ble that some of the tim­ber from the bridge could be used in fu­ture but the bridge in its cur­rent form will not be pre­served and used in the fu­ture on the cur­rent or other sites.’’

Mr Mar­shall says a con­ser­va­tion ar­chi­tect has been en­gaged to record all her­itage val­ues of the ex­ist­ing bridge that will be lost from its re­place­ment.

The new bridge will be con­structed in two stages, en­abling the road above the rail­way to be open at most of the times dur­ing the planned con­struc­tion pe­riod. Af­fected res­i­dents and public will be in­formed in ad­vance of any planned road clo­sures.

Mr Mar­shall says cur­rent speed and weight lim­its im­posed on the ex­ist­ing bridge will be lifted once the two-lane bridge is in place.

To off­set the cost, PCC will be el­i­gi­ble for an NZTA sub­sidy of $755,000.

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