Foot­bridge to be as­sessed

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As­sess­ment of the dam­age to the Huntly foot­bridge is un­der­way but when it will re-open has yet to be de­ter­mined.

Waikato District Coun­cil staff are as­sess­ing the dam­age and re­pairs needed af­ter a truck trav­el­ling on State High­way 1 hit it ear­lier this month.

The truck dam­aged the two­legged pier that holds the foot­bridge up on the Main Street side of the bridge and needs to be re­placed to re­store the struc­tural in­tegrity.

The foot­bridge was re­moved last week but the length of time it will be out of ac­tion is cur­rently un­known as de­sign and the details of re­pair work are still be­ing worked through.

Costs of the re­pairs are be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and coun­cil staff are work­ing with in­sur­ers and the NZ Trans­port Agency to de­ter­mine the fund­ing re­quired.

While the foot­bridge is down, pedes­tri­ans are be­ing ad­vised on the al­ter­na­tive route to use.

If trav­el­ling from the west side of the foot­bridge, pedes­tri­ans can walk from Main St to Rayner Rd, Rayner Rd to Ralph St, Ralph St to Wil­liam St and from Wil­liam St to Glas­gow St.

The foot­bridge was pre­vi­ously taken down by the coun­cil in Au­gust 2015 when the boom of an ex­ca­va­tor on the back of a truck dam­aged the main foot­bridge span cost­ing $280,000 to re­pair and re­place which was cov­ered by in­surance.

The re­cent dam­age is of a lesser ex­tent; but the process means the coun­cil has to work across mul­ti­ple stake­hold­ers.

‘‘The truck dam­aged the two-legged pier that holds the foot­bridge up on the Main Street side of the bridge.’’


The Huntly foot­bridge was dam­aged by a truck and has since been re­moved for re­pairs.

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