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Roading Recovery Project

Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is committed to undertaking a full roading recovery project which will see the restoration of a reliable and resilient roading network for Central Hawke’s Bay.

We're facing the facts as we plan for the recovery of our 1265km of Central Hawke's Bay roads.

Due to the devastating effects of Cyclone Gabrielle, as well as the enduring rain in winter 2022 and beyond, we are faced with around $150m worth of damage across the network.

We are acutely aware that the roading network is the economic and social backbone of our District, and that’s why we have launched a new three-phase roading recovery project to re-establish a roading network our communities can rely on once again.

IMG 8908Phase One, which ran from the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Gabrielle through until March 2023 was focussed on delivering a primary objective to restore single lane, light vehicle access to all communities.

Phase Two, which kicked off March and is predominantly planned across nine key sites and focuses on improving the resilience of repairs made in Phase One as well and increasing the level of service by enabling heavier vehicles in targeted areas (class 1 loading). Both phase one and two are being funded by a $35.9 million cash injection from Waka Kotahi.

Phase Three is the longer-term restoration work and extends beyond June 2023.

Come along on this journey with us to rebuild a safe and durable roading network throughout Central Hawke’s Bay. We will keep you up informed of progress and any upcoming construction works that may result in a delay to your journey.

We are working on a new interactive MAP that illustrates the Phase Two sites and associated planned physical works.

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Patangata bridge suffered notable damage during the cyclone and was closed to the public for xx days before being reopened with a 3.5 tonne weight restriction in place. It is constantly monitored by our roading team to ensure it remains safely passable.

As of April 19 2023, the bridge has been successfully releveled after one of the piers dropped about 600mm due to the sheer force of the storm and resulting water levels.  Work is underway to re-enforce the two beams which suffered cracks. Once this is complete the bridge can be re-opened to Class 1 vehicles and therefore able to service full loaded stock trucks, up to 46 tonne in weight.

All going well, this is due for completion in May 2023.

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Douglas Cutting bridge was destroyed as a result of the cyclone, leaving the communities of xx cut off/facing significant detours until a temporary bridge was erected and opened on xx.

Work is well underway on ground investigations and design of the new bridge, whilst maintenance of the existing temporary access is ongoing.

The physical works to build the new bridge is expected to take until September 2023 or later and is therefore dependant on funding levels beyond the current allocation until June 30, 2023.


Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Gwavas Road suffered a major wash out around a culvert as a result of the cyclone and remains completely closed at 6.0km from State Highway 50. 

Design for physical works at this site us well underway, with ground investigations also taking place to further refine design. Council is currently working through procurement for this work and expects to have a contract in place by xx. A contractor is already on site to dismantle and remove an old culvert ahead of the rebuild.

Work here is due for completion in late August/Early September 2023.

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Makaroro Bridge on xx road was damaged in the cyclone, and work is currently underway to rebuild, as well as installing armour on the western bridge abutment to strengthen the bridge and ensure it is able to withstand future storm events. The bridge along this road is currently restricted to 30 tonnes.

Work here is due for completion prior to June 30 2023, and therefore funding by the current allocation from Waka Kotahi.


Update 1 | April 24, 2023

The abutment and road approach to Mangatarua Bridge on Matthew Road was washed out in the cyclone. Debris has been cleared, temporary repairs and armouring work have been carried out but the bridge still has a 30 tonne weight limit in place.

Permanent repairs are due to be completed prior to the end of June 2023 and therefore funding by the current allocation from Waka Kotahi.

Matthew Road

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Tourere Road has suffered numerous dropouts due to block culverts, with resulting work expect to take several months.

Investigation and design has been completed for some sites, with others remaining ongoing. Some of this work will be completed within the current funding allocation, however parts will fall outside of this and are therefore funding dependant.

Tourere Road

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Te Uri Road suffered large over and under slips and is currently closed, but accessible from both the West and East ends. Investigations are underway which will be followed by design. Work at this site is dependant on funding beyond June 2023, and due for completion towards the end of the year.  

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Wimbledon Road, a key throughfare for Central Hawke’s Bay suffered slips at two different sites and currently has single lane access for heavy vehicles. Permanent repairs for these slips are currently being designed.

Work here will extend beyond June 2023 and therefore is partly dependant on funding. Council will work alongside Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to ensure a long-term solution here that minimised future impact.

Update 1 | April 24, 2023

Despite the damage and fragility of Cooks Tooth Road, it is currently useable by Class 1 vehicles. Temporary repairs are still underway to ensure access is maintained. Permanent repairs are currently being designed but physical works for this will not commence until after June 2023. This means the work is dependent on funding beyond the current allocation from Waka Kotahi.



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