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Project introduction

Pepe Stream Bridge in Tairua was built in 1942 and needs to be replaced in the near future. Waka Kotahi is investigating options for replacement and working through a business case.

  • Estimated project dates

    Dec 2021
  • Project type

    Bridge replacement
  • Project status

    Strategy study

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Have your say today!

We held a public drop-in session at Tairua School on Wednesday 11 August 2021 to share the proposed bridge replacement options. If you weren’t able to attend, you can still have your say.

Here’s what was shared at the open day.

Proposed bridge replacement options [PDF, 4.4 MB]

Have a look through, then email your feedback to by 5pm Wednesday 25 August 2021.

Project status

We are working through a business case looking at replacement options. This is expected to be complete by the end of 2021.

What to expect during this process

Firstly, we need to consider and test the options for a bridge replacement. This is called a Single Stage Business Case (SSBC).

A part of this work includes talking with the community and key stakeholders such as local council, iwi, and road advocacy groups. Engagement with these groups will help us refine the options.

What's next?

We are aiming to have the business case completed by the end of this year. Your feedback will help us refine our proposals, ensuring we understand what’s important to you as locals and frequent users of the bridge. You can expect to hear more from us about our proposals and how to get involved throughout the year. In the meantime, you’re welcome to talk to us about any specific issues or questions you have.

Is the current bridge safe?

Yes. We have an active bridge maintenance, strengthening and replacement programme which gives us a good picture of the state of all bridges. At all times, safety is our number one priority and we carry out regular inspections to ensure that all state highway bridges in New Zealand remain safe at all times.

When can we expect to see a new bridge?

Funding will then have to be approved before we can move into the design and then construction phases. We are committed to keeping the community well-informed as we progress.

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