Planners get lots of input on old bridge

Community feedback on a replacement for the old Mangere Bridge has been "fantastic" with more than 1500 responses received, the New Zealand Transport Agency says.

One of the key themes of the feedback was the need for a new bridge that will be wide enough for walking, cycling and fishing.

Respondents also said the new bridge must also have higher clearance for boats, including waka ama, and incorporate handrails and ample lighting for safety.

The feedback has been brought together in a community engagement report which can now be seen online at nzta.govt. nz/oldmangerebridge.

"The result demonstrates just how important this link is to people on both sides of the harbour and the communities deserves a big thank you for their interest and support - it will help shape our views about how the new bridge will look," agency spokesman Steve Mutton says.

The local community will be consulted again in mid-2013 after the design for the new bridge is completed.

The agency hopes construction will start in late 2013 or early 2014.

Manukau Courier