The Taipā Bridge is located on the southern shore of Doubtless Bay, at the mouth of the Taipā River. It connects the Taipā township with Cable Bay and is a popular swimming and fishing location. This project aims to create a safe environment for the local community and those driving through it.
The Taipā bridge’s location on Northland’s main tourist connection, the Twin Coast Discovery Route, means it plays a critical role in the Northland economy.
The existing bridge has limited provision for pedestrians and does not provide for cyclists, both of whom are important components of the tourist economy.
Improving facilities for people who enjoy walking and cycling, and highlighting Taipā’s appeal as a popular swimming and fishing destination would encourage more visitors and contribute to the local economy. A new bridge would also provide the local community with safer, more reliable travel options.
During the peak visitor season, traffic demand is higher than usual. There are regular delays and safety concerns with the bridge and nearby intersections.
In addition, the road through Taipā (State Highway 10) plays an important role as an alternative route to use if State Highway 1 is closed.
Addressing these issues will help achieve a number of priorities identified in the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015, namely route resilience, economic growth and road safety.