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Solution for bridge into Te Paerahi Beach (Pōrangahau) underway

Makaramu Bridge

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council has confirmed a repair for the ‘Makaramu’ Bridge will be underway in the next four weeks and will see the current weight and speed restrictions on the bridge lifted within the next 12 weeks.

The Council has been working with engineers to develop a solution to repair the bridge so it can open back up to heavy traffic after an inspection identified structural deterioration on the beam at one of the joints a month ago.

Chief Executive Doug Tate says the much-anticipated fix will enable heavy traffic to once again use the bridge.

"We've looked at all the options and the solution will allow us to address this issue on the bridge for at least the next 25 to 30 years. The works will involve constructing a steel frame that will be anchored from the base of the pier up to the bridge beam.

"Now that we have confirmed the design we are working with the contractor on the programme and procurement of materials. All going to plan, we will reopen to heavy traffic within the next 12 weeks," Mr Tate said.

Mr Tate thanked the community for their patience, “A big thank you to the community and to the many people who have been observing the restrictions in place.

'We understand there are still some concerns about the visual changes. Please be assured these are superficial and are not compromising the structural integrity of the bridge any further. The safety of the community and ensuring residents stay connected is of utmost importance to us and something we have been acutely aware of as we are making decisions."

Bridge engineers continue to assess the bridge for movement every two days and if there is a significant event such as an earthquake, heavy rainfall or flooding. The turnoff to the bridge is being manned at weekends from first light until dark when the bridge is used most to ensure people are aware of the restrictions.

A reminder that the following restrictions are in place:
• Light vehicles only (under 3,500kg)
• One vehicle at a time
• 30km speed limit 
• No motorhomes, caravans, boats or horse floats
• No heavy vehicles
• Do not move the concrete barriers.

Updates are available on Council’s website and Facebook page. Please contact Council 24/7 on 06 857 8060 if you have any questions or concerns.




23 February 2024

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