Demolition of the existing structures will occur after the new bridges have been completed and are open to traffic.
What’s happening with the old Manawatū River Bridge?
Following ongoing interest regarding the future of the State Highway 1 old Manawatū River Bridge, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency paused the planned deconstruction of the bridge in order to review the possibility of keeping the bridge.
We are now working with technical specialists, Horizons Regional Council, Horowhenua District Council, our iwi partners and stakeholders to understand the potential impacts of keeping the old Manawatū River Bridge for use by pedestrians and bicyclists.
One important requirement is an amendment to the Resource Consent for the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge project. Our work to understand potential benefits and risks if the old bridge is kept will be part of our consent variation application.
Further work on the old Manawatū River Bridge will depend on the outcome of the application.