Bridging the gap to East Cape Lighthouse

BRIDGING THE GAP: The new concrete Horoera bridge in place on East Cape Road. Picture supplied

WORK to complete a permanent replacement bridge ensuring continued access to East Cape Lighthouse is nearing completion, with the main bridge section now in place.

A New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman said the replacement of the Horoera Bridge on East Cape Road was progressing well, despite a delay caused when a dropout on the road meant contractors were unable to access the site.

“The section of East Cape Road from the bridge to the historic East Cape lighthouse was closed for five days while the new bridge was craned into place. The new bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, August 11, and the project’s completion will be managed over the next three weeks with minimum inconvenience to traffic.”

The $400,000 project replaces the current Bailey bridge with a single-lane concrete bridge. It is the first in a $1.5 million package of three fully Crown-funded tourism-related road projects originally announced in February at the release of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan (He Huarahi Hei Whai Oranga).

The temporary Bailey bridge was installed in December 2015 because a broken beam on the bridge meant access to the East Cape lighthouse and farm land on the East Cape Road had been restricted to vehicles of less than two tonnes.

Tairawhiti Roads, a partnership between the NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council, is working on the Horoera Bridge project. Gisborne company Ritchie Civil won the tender to build the bridge.

“The new concrete bridge supports tourist vehicles such as buses and campervans, allowing a growing number of tourists to drive right to the foot of New Zealand’s most easterly lighthouse,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

WORK to complete a permanent replacement bridge ensuring continued access to East Cape Lighthouse is nearing completion, with the main bridge section now in place.

A New Zealand Transport Agency spokeswoman said the replacement of the Horoera Bridge on East Cape Road was progressing well, despite a delay caused when a dropout on the road meant contractors were unable to access the site.

“The section of East Cape Road from the bridge to the historic East Cape lighthouse was closed for five days while the new bridge was craned into place. The new bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, August 11, and the project’s completion will be managed over the next three weeks with minimum inconvenience to traffic.”

The $400,000 project replaces the current Bailey bridge with a single-lane concrete bridge. It is the first in a $1.5 million package of three fully Crown-funded tourism-related road projects originally announced in February at the release of the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan (He Huarahi Hei Whai Oranga).

The temporary Bailey bridge was installed in December 2015 because a broken beam on the bridge meant access to the East Cape lighthouse and farm land on the East Cape Road had been restricted to vehicles of less than two tonnes.

Tairawhiti Roads, a partnership between the NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council, is working on the Horoera Bridge project. Gisborne company Ritchie Civil won the tender to build the bridge.

“The new concrete bridge supports tourist vehicles such as buses and campervans, allowing a growing number of tourists to drive right to the foot of New Zealand’s most easterly lighthouse,” said Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield.

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