Taipa bridge project begins
Officials, locals and new Northland MP Matt King turned out to the sod turning ceremony marking the start of the Taipa bridge project on September 29.
The new bridge will have two traffic lanes and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists and is part of a Government pledge to build ten double-lane bridges across Northland.
New Zealand Transport Agency project delivery senior manager Chris Hunt says the arrival of the site office and earthworks are scheduled for mid November.
Further work will include the removal of the current memorial, which will be replaced with a new monument which reflects the cultural significance of Taipa as a place where Kupe landed, and acknowledge soldiers from the area.
‘‘During the busy tourist season the current one-lane bridge creates regular delays and road safety concerns and improving these connections is vital to creating a resilient road network and stimulating Northland’s economic growth,’’ Hunt says.
‘‘This infrastructure investment will allow Taipa to accommodate increasing tourism numbers whilst enhancing the environment and the economy of Taipa.’’
A diving platform will also be built as it is a popular swimming area and construction is expected to be completed in 2019.
Matt King, Colin Kitchen, Phillipa Lambert. Paul Davis, Wiremu Poharama and Jim Sephton.