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.
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.