Dangerous SH2 bridge soon to be replaced

MATHEW GROCOTT MATHEW.GROCOTT@MSL.CO.NZ
Last updated 12:00 15/05/2014

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Tenders will be called for next month for the $6 million replacement of a bridge north of Dannevirke well known as a black spot.

Retiring Wairarapa MP John Hayes said funding for the replacement of the Whakaruatapu Bridge was in place and designs had been completed.

"I am delighted that funding has finally come through for this bridge. It has been a major concern to many motorists and locals for a long time," Hayes said.

"Contract documents are being prepared at present by NZTA staff and tenders will be called early next month. The contract could be let as early as mid-June and the contractor could take control of the site from July. Depending on weather, the construction could be under way by September."

Tararua District Mayor Roly Ellis has described the narrow bridge on State Highway 2 as an accident waiting to happen.

Hayes said Ellis should be acknowledged for his "patience and perseverance in keeping this high-risk bridge at the forefront of NZTA's attention".

"A number of other locals have made submissions to Government as well as a petition organised by a local farmer and signed by 1300 constituents have all helped to achieve this outcome," Hayes said.

The NZTA had ranked the bridge last year as the second-highest regional roading priority after the upgrade of the Saddle Rd.

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