Bridge clos­ing for ma­jor works

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Wai­tangi’s iconic one-lane bridge will be closed Mon­day to Fri­day next week so the wood deck­ing can be re­placed.

Traf­fic will be di­verted via Haruru Falls Rd for those wanting to get to the Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds, the Bay of Is­lands Yacht Club, the Wai­tangi Golf Club and a small num­ber of homes, but the foot­path on the eastern side of the bridge will re­main open.

Parts of the deck were re­paired in Septem­ber 2018, but it was found that it had de­te­ri­o­rated more sig­nif­i­cantly than thought, and all run­ning planks would need to be re­placed. Crews will work around the clock next week to do that and re­seal the deck with as­phalt. Con­trac­tors will also re­pair the north­ern ap­proach to the bridge.

The Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil’s gen­eral man­ager in­fra­struc­ture and as­set man­age­ment, Andy Finch, said staff were work­ing closely with iwi and busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives to en­sure the repairs caused as lit­tle dis­rup­tion as pos­si­ble.

“We could not af­ford to de­lay the work any longer, as it must be un­der­taken dur­ing warm weather,” he said.

“The tim­ing does not clash with Easter or An­zac Day pub­lic hol­i­days, and also avoids the school hol­i­days. For­tu­nately, no cruise ships are vis­it­ing dur­ing at this time.”

This could be the last time the bridge needed such repairs, he added, given that the North­land Trans­porta­tion Al­liance had ap­plied for $7 mil­lion from the gov­ern­ment’s Provincial Growth Fund to build a two-lane bridge. It was still await­ing a re­sponse to the ap­pli­ca­tion. The New Zealand Trans­port Agency has is­sued an open in­vi­ta­tion to the pub­lic to air their views about po­ten­tial im­prove­ments to State High­way 11 be­tween Kawakawa and Puke­t­ona. Po­ten­tial op­tions in­clude: A round­about on State High­way 1 at Kawakawa and im­proved pedes­trian con­nec­tions;

Ex­tend­ing the shared use path on SH11 at the Haruru Falls Rd in­ter­sec­tion;

A new shared use path be­tween Pai­hia and Wai­tangi; * Im­prove­ments in the Pai­hia town cen­tre;

En­hanc­ing ac­cess to the Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds;

De­liv­ery of the Te Haumi Flats safety and beau­ti­fi­ca­tion im­prove­ments;

Safety im­prove­ments on SH11;

Im­proved sig­nage and wayfind­ing along the cor­ri­dor to in­clude cul­tural stories;

In­ves­ti­gat­ing im­proved ride share and pub­lic trans­port op­tions;

Im­proved stormwa­ter in­fra­struc­ture to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

The NZTA is hop­ing to hear from the com­mu­nity at six drop-in events next week: Tues­day — Opua wharf (10am — noon), Gil­lies St Kawakawa (near the Hun­dert­wasser toi­lets, 1pm — 3pm), and the St John build­ing in Kawakawa (5pm — 7pm). Wed­nes­day — Cor­ner of Mars­den Rd and Wil­liams St, Pai­hia (9am — 11am), Twin Pines Manor, Haruru Falls (noon — 2pm), the Bay of Is­lands Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, Mars­den Rd Pai­hia (4pm — 6pm).

Those un­able to be at any of those venues may pro­vide feed­back via www.nzta.govt./ nz/twin-coast-dis­cov­ery-route

PICTURE / FNDC

Wai­tangi bridge will be closed to traf­fic next week while the deck is re­sealed.

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