Fatal crash sparks bridge review

A safety review of South Taranaki's notorious Normanby overbridge will begin immediately.

Today the New Zealand Transport Agency announced an "independent and immediate'' review of the stretch of State Highway 3 including the overbridge.

The review comes after a major crash at the weekend near Normanby which claimed the lives of two motorcyclists participating in the annual Round the Mountain Toy Run.

The fatalities added to the region's rising road toll of 16 this year, including six deaths in just the last month.

NZTA regional state highways manager David McGonigal said he was concerned Saturday's crash happened in close proximity to the overbridge.

"Crucially we want to determine whether or not the crash was linked to the safety issues that have been identified at the overbridge and its approaches,'' he said.

Earlier this year, the NZTA approved plans to upgrade New Plymouth's Waiwhakaiho bottleneck ahead of plans for a previously planned realignment of the Normanby overbridge.

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