Council makes case for bridge
CLUTHA District Council is awaiting funding approval from the NZ Transport Agency for the next phase of a longrunning Catlins bridge upgrade.
The Hina hina Bridge near Owaka was brought to the council’s attention during longterm plan submissions in 2015, after its dilapidated state began causing concern for local residents.
After extended investiga tions, the council proposed earlier this year to replace rather than repair the 110m bridge, to reduce overall longterm costs.
Contractors successfully carried out a core sample geotechnical investigation to establish foundation conditions in June and council group manager ser vice delivery Jules Witt said Clutha had now applied to NZTA for funding, to prepare a detailed business case for the replacement.
Given agency approval, he expected the case to be completed this financial year.
The new bridge was ear marked for construction during 201920, with an estimated budget of $2.6 million, funded 59% ($1.5 million) by NZTA and 41% ($1.1 million) by Clutha.
No decision had been made on the final position of the new bridge, or bridge closures during construction, Mr Witt said.
Better bridge . . . Clutha District Council hopes to move the Hinahina Bridge upgrade project forward with the NZ Transport Agency early next year.