Ad­mire the view — from a dis­tance

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The NZTA last week de­scribed Taipa’s two-lane bridge lo­ca­tion as a “tight site”, ad­ja­cent to the in­ter­sec­tion of Oruru Rd and SH10, and not the safest place to be.

“It is crit­i­cal to the safety of all that no one stands on the car­riage­way of Oruru Rd, the Taipa bridge and SH10 on the east side to ob­serve or pho­to­graph pro­ject works,” Bar­bara Ware said.

“Please dis­cuss pedes­trian safety with wha¯nau and fam­ily, in par­tic­u­lar chil­dren.

“To en­sure the safety of all, on oc­ca­sion the site traf­fic man­age­ment crew will stop ve­hi­cles for short pe­ri­ods to al­low mov­ing plant [mainly trucks] to ac­cess this works site. Thank you for your pa­tience,” she added.

“The site traf­fic team re­port that driv­ers are gen­er­ally ob­serv­ing the speed lim­its through the site. Thank you, and please con­tinue to do so.”

Mean­while, the pil­ing of tem­po­rary stag­ing from which the new two-lane bridge will be con­structed had be­gun on

"It is crit­i­cal to the safety of all that no one stands on the car­riage­way of Oruru Rd, the Taipa bridge and SH10 on the east side to ob­serve or pho­to­graph pro­ject works." Bar­bara Ware,

NZTA com­mu­ni­ca­tions and stake­holder man­ager

the east side of the river. The first abut­ment piles had been poured, while on the other side pothol­ing and top­soil strip­ping had been car­ried out un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the pro­ject ar­chae­ol­o­gist.

Site ac­cess had been es­tab­lished, the plat­form was be­ing built up, and es­tu­ar­ine mud was now be­ing re­moved.

Con­struc­tion would con­tinue across the win­ter months and into next sum­mer.

PIC­TURE / DON HAM­MOND

A bird’s eye view of progress on Taipa’s new bridge.

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