Frequently asked questions - FAQ
Te Kuiti Pedestrian Overbridge Replacement Project – Q & A
1. 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 tracks, with three beneath the overhead electrical transmission. KiwiRail is averse to pedestrian level crossings even across a single set of tracks.
2. Why build the bridge at the same location?
The existing location is central between the two existing level crossings at Ward Street and Awakino Road, both approximately 400m distant. The Carroll Street side is within 5-10 minutes of a significant residential catchment and is opposite the existing pedestrian crossing over SH3. The Rora Street side connects well with the town centre, including the rail station, public toilets, and visitor information centre. WDC has an agreement with KiwiRail allowing rail corridor access at this location, and the replacement bridge will make use of the two existing concrete columns, hence reducing costs.
3. Has the $1.65m already been budgeted?
Yes, WDC’s funding contribution (27%) has already been allowed for in Council’s budget.
4. Of the total cost, how much will NZTA pay?
This is to be confirmed, but it is likely to be 73 per cent ($1.2m) of the total cost. NZTA has already agreed to pay 73 per cent of $1.35m ($985,000).
5. Will it have any direct rating impact and if so what?
The local share has already been budgeted for in WDC’s 2018-28 Long Term Plan. There will be no increase beyond that.
6. Will the work go out to tender?
7. Will local contractors be considered?
Yes – if they tender.
8. Will the old bridge remain usable until the new bridge is opened?
No. Construction involves removal of the existing bridge before the new bridge is installed, on the same alignment. There are alternative pedestrian level-rail crossing points available at Ward St and Awakino Road.
9. Will the works be very disruptive?
No. Construction period is approximately two months and alternative rail crossing access is available. The existing bridge will be closed for most of that period.
10. What is the cost difference between the preferred option and the other options considered by Council?
11. Were Te Kuiti youth consulted?
WDC’s Youth Council prepared an earlier submission on its ideas for future development of the skatepark and adjoining area. Where practicable, those ideas have been incorporated in the concept design e.g. provision of a basketball half-court, seating, shade areas for rest, greenspace.
12. What are the next steps?
Council will review the feedback it receives from community consultation held on 2 April 2020, followed by final decision on its preferred design concept at its meeting scheduled for 28 April 2020.
Detailed, final design will then be completed following a safety audit and KiwiRail design approval. Building consent application will be made ahead of procurement. Construction is now scheduled for completion over the period July – Sept 2020.
13. Will there be an official opening?
That is the intention.