Bridge danger fixed
The Mangawhero Bridge has been cleared of debris and the water drained away, leaving Matamata residents who use the bridge regularly feeling extremely grateful and relieved.
Last week the Matamata Chronicle reported that the Matamata Community Board felt the bridge on State Highway 24, which often flooded in heavy rain, was a serious hazard to motorists.
Matamata Community Board deputy chairwoman Robin Burr said the board had attempted to get the New Zealand Transport the roadsides and debris had built up at either end of the bridge which meant that water flowing from the bridge was not able to flow freely and at times was pooling on the bridge during heavy rainfall,’’ he said.
‘‘ By removing the overgrown grass and debris from the roadsides, this issue has been resolved. Contractors will also be out at the bridge clearing away additional vegetation which has grown behind the guardrails on the approaches to the bridge.’’
Apart from clearing away the drains when needed, Mr Burkett believed no additional drainage system was required.