Open views, please no rebuilt concrete sides

LETTER

Re: Gladstone Road bridge upgrade, widening.

We have a one-time opportunity to expose and highlight our wonderful walkways, harbour and river vistas by replacing the concrete walls with vertical safety rails, which would also be in keeping with the Peel St and Rutene Rd bridges.

The Three Rivers confluence and the shortest river in the Southern Hemisphere, the Turanganui River, are sought-after tourist attractions, yet visitors have trouble seeing them.

We could make a big impact on the beautification of our city. Signpost and celebrate these views, but first we need to be able to see them!

With due respect to Heritage NZ, once the original wall has gone, it’s gone.

Now is the time to act, with a view to the future, and at little or no extra cost.

This issue has been raised a few times in your column. Perhaps a Gisborne Herald poll would provide some consultation and transparency for residents.

T. and B. Brown

http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3573554-135/expect-delays-on-gladstone-road-bridge

Re: Gladstone Road bridge upgrade, widening.

We have a one-time opportunity to expose and highlight our wonderful walkways, harbour and river vistas by replacing the concrete walls with vertical safety rails, which would also be in keeping with the Peel St and Rutene Rd bridges.

The Three Rivers confluence and the shortest river in the Southern Hemisphere, the Turanganui River, are sought-after tourist attractions, yet visitors have trouble seeing them.

We could make a big impact on the beautification of our city. Signpost and celebrate these views, but first we need to be able to see them!

With due respect to Heritage NZ, once the original wall has gone, it’s gone.

Now is the time to act, with a view to the future, and at little or no extra cost.

This issue has been raised a few times in your column. Perhaps a Gisborne Herald poll would provide some consultation and transparency for residents.

T. and B. Brown

http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/3573554-135/expect-delays-on-gladstone-road-bridge

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Barbara Barwick - 13 days ago
Vertical safety rails for the Gladstone Road bridge are a good idea and would open up the views from the bridge. It would make the bridge lighter which, I understand, was the reason why the concrete walls were removed from the Peel Street and Rutene Road bridges.

Poll

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    ​Do you think Gladstone Road Bridge should have its concrete parapet walls converted to steel railings on one or both of its sides as part of the upgrade and widening under way?

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