NZTA should heed those who know
I wish to add my voice to the cacophony of voices that are raised about the state of the Mangawhero Bridge.
Our family and ourselves have been crossing this bridge numerous times daily for 47 years and have experienced, or been involved in, many scenarios of near misses.
So far, no-one has pointed out that frequently during periods of strong wind, the poplar trees drop limbs from above.
On one such day, as I crossed the bridge, quite a large branch dropped on our car.
It hit the windscreen first (not breaking it thankfully) and then it bounced up on to the roof.
A dent resulted which needed to be attended to by a panel beater.
On another occasion a branch dropped but fortunately just missed our car.
Into this mix, if a person was passing another vehicle on the bridge, with debris falling at the same time, the result would be very unhelpful.
Over the years, trucks using the bridge have increased in size and number.
Vehicle drivers also (willingly or unwillingly) gain speed because the bridge is in a dip, so it is the exception rather than the rule that people negotiate the bridge at a speed that is appropriate.
I have noted also, that often approaching vehicles are on or over the centre line.
With a narrow bridge, there is absolutely no room to take any evasive action.
In my opinion the bridge needs widening.
What will it take for the New Zealand Transport Agency to action the concern of the people from the area who know and experience this sub-standard bridge daily?