Bridge dan­ger fixed

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By LAURA MCLEAY

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.

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