Committee welcomes Motu bridge replacement

Replacement comes as part of the accelerated regional roading projects programme.

Replacement comes as part of the accelerated regional roading projects programme.

THE Regional Transport Committee has welcomed the Government’s decision to replace the one-way Motu Bridge on the main road north.

Last month the Government announced that the bridge would be replaced at a cost of $3.5 million as part of the accelerated regional roading projects programme.

NZ Transport Agency regional director Raewyn Bleakley said it was expected that work would start this year and construction would take about a year.

Because it was funded from a separate government programme, the money would not come out of this district’s roading programme.

Committee chairman Roger Haisman, a long-time proponent for replacing the bridge, welcomed the announcement.

“I am very pleased that this is going to happen. It has to happen.”

There was still work to be done on the highway intersection with the Te Wera Road, which was dangerous.

This would make a tremendous difference on the main road north and hopefully something would now be done on the main road south.

“You never know,” he said.

Meredith Akuhata-Brown asked if the money previously spent on strengthening the bridge had been wasted.

State highways manager Chuck Dowdell said this money had to be spent anyway, so that the bridge had the capacity to carry HPMV vehicles.

“It was not wasted.”

THE Regional Transport Committee has welcomed the Government’s decision to replace the one-way Motu Bridge on the main road north.

Last month the Government announced that the bridge would be replaced at a cost of $3.5 million as part of the accelerated regional roading projects programme.

NZ Transport Agency regional director Raewyn Bleakley said it was expected that work would start this year and construction would take about a year.

Because it was funded from a separate government programme, the money would not come out of this district’s roading programme.

Committee chairman Roger Haisman, a long-time proponent for replacing the bridge, welcomed the announcement.

“I am very pleased that this is going to happen. It has to happen.”

There was still work to be done on the highway intersection with the Te Wera Road, which was dangerous.

This would make a tremendous difference on the main road north and hopefully something would now be done on the main road south.

“You never know,” he said.

Meredith Akuhata-Brown asked if the money previously spent on strengthening the bridge had been wasted.

State highways manager Chuck Dowdell said this money had to be spent anyway, so that the bridge had the capacity to carry HPMV vehicles.

“It was not wasted.”

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