Pukete clip-on due next month

AARON LEAMAN
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013

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Peak-time traffic should find an easier passage across Hamilton's Pukete Bridge come next month, with the completion of a new clip-on pedestrian and cycle lane.

Once the clip-on is constructed, the existing bridge will be converted to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction along Wairere Drive.

Council city development manager Andrew Parsons said the council was confident the bridge would be fully completed by late March, including the four-laning and pedestrian facilities.

Mr Parsons said there had been some delays in the bridge work but they were now at the "tail-end" of that.

The Pukete Bridge clip-on is considered a key part of the Hamilton Ring Road project.

The clip-on lanes will connect with existing cycleways and paths, including the new Te Hikuwai Walkway and similar lanes at the River Rd-Wairere Dr insection.

"We've always taken a precautionary approach to work on this bridge throughout the course of the project," Mr Parsons said.

"Given the complex nature of the work on the Pukete Bridge, our philosophy has been to get it right and do the job properly once. The consequence of that has been some delays in bridge-related work."

A report presented to the council's finance and monitoring committee this week said there had been delays in completing the bridge clip-ons which had "pushed completion of the works to April".

Mr Parsons told the Waikato Times the council report was produced two months ago and the bridge would now be completed in six weeks.

The Hamilton Ring Road project has a $84 million budget.

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- Waikato Times

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