Huntly footbridge to be reinstated
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.