Coun­cil makes case for bridge

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - RICHARD DAV­I­SON

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.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL WHITE

Bet­ter bridge . . . Clutha Dis­trict Coun­cil hopes to move the Hi­nahina Bridge up­grade project for­ward with the NZ Trans­port Agency early next year.

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