Frequently asked questions

When is construction expected to start?
On site construction will begin on 12 January 2021.

 

How long will the replacement over bridge take to build?
75 working days.

 

Who is building the over bridge?
Fulton Hogan will be constructing the over bridge.

 

Will the over bridge be open during construction?
No, it will be closed during construction.  Alternative routes will be in marked out ahead of construction getting under way.

 

Why are you building a new one?
After independent engineers inspected the bridge, they identified that the structure has reached the end of its life.  The main span support columns are sagging inwards, timber beams and columns are deteriorating, and the bridge does not meet current design codes.

 

Wouldn’t it be cheaper to repair the existing bridge?
In the long term a new bridge is a more cost-effective option.  The new bridge will be fully engineered to modern design standards and improve connection to Rora Street.  We’ve received 73% funding from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, which we would not have got if we upgraded the bridge.

 

What is the cost of this project and who is paying for it?
The project is expected t cost $2.65M.  73% of that cost will be covered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and the remaining 27% will be paid for by council and fits within our existing budgets available.

 

Why cant we have a level crossing?
KiwiRail will not allow a level crossing at this location because of concerns for pedestrian safety.  The bridge crosses five sets of tracts, with three beneath the overhead electrical transmission.  

Why build the bridge at the same location?
The replacement bridge will make use of the two existing concrete columns, which reduces the cost of the project.  We also have an agreement with KiwiRail allowing access at this location.

The existing location is also central to the two existing level crossings at Ward Street and Awakino Road. 
The Carroll Street side is within 5-10 minutes of a significan residential catchment and is opposite the existing pedestrian crossing over SH3. 
The Rora Street side connects well with the town centre, including the public toilets and visitor information centre.  .

 

Did you consult with anyone about the design? 
Community consultation on the new bridge design concepts began in November 2019 and included: mana whenua, youth, residents and Legendary Te Kuiti.

Our Youth Council prepared a submission and we where possible have incorporated these ideas into the concept.  This includes a basketball half-coutr, seating, shade areas and greenspace.

 

Will there be an official opening? 
There will be a pre-build blessing and an official opening is proposed for April 2021.