Huntly foot­bridge to be re­in­stated

North Waikato News - - OUT & ABOUT - SUPPLIED

The Huntly foot­bridge is likely to be re­stored be­fore the end of the year.

Waikato District Coun­cil has put to­gether an ap­prox­i­mate work pro­gramme to re­in­state the foot­bridge.

The bridge was re­moved in Septem­ber, af­ter a truck trav­el­ling on State High­way 1 hit it and dam­aged the two-legged pier that holds the foot­bridge up on the Main Street side of the bridge.

Af­ter work­ing with in­sur­ers and com­plet­ing the re­quired de­sign and ten­der­ing pro­cesses for the work to go ahead, coun­cil be­lieves the bridge will be re­paired by the end of Novem­ber.

Fab­ri­ca­tion of the new pier is due to start on Novem­ber 16 and will be com­pleted by Novem­ber 22.

Paint­ing and coat­ing of the bridge is due to be com­pleted by Novem­ber 28. In­stal­la­tion of the new pier and re­in­state­ment of the bridge is planned for Novem­ber 30.

How­ever, coun­cil said the time­frame is sub­ject to change.

In the mean­time, pedes­tri­ans are re­minded to use the fol­low­ing al­terna- tive route to get from Main Street to the other side of the bridge site, Main Street to Rayner Road, Rayner Road to Ralph Street, Ralph Street to Wil­liam Street, Wil­liam Street to Glas­gow Street.

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.

It cost the coun­cil in the order of $280,000 to re­pair and re­place and was cov­ered by in­sur­ance.

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