Work will begin next month to build a two-lane bridge over Kahouri Stream, on SH43 Forgotten World Highway, east of Stratford.
The design for the new bridge has been completed and Emmetts Civil Construction, based in Whanganui, has been awarded the construction contract.
Waka Kotahi Regional Manager of Infrastructure Delivery Rob Partridge says the current bridge, built in 1908, remains structurally sound, and will be retained for people to walk and cycle across.
“The new bridge will have two lanes, both 3.5 metres wide in addition to a one metre shoulder. We want to future proof the connection in this iconic area to accommodate a safer and more accessible route for all road users.”
“This project is one of several improvements for the Forgotten World Highway, funded jointly through Kānoa - Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit and the regional package of the NZ Upgrade Programme.
$8m has been set aside for this bridge.
The $30m package of improvements for the Forgotten World Highway includes the sealing of the Tāngarākau Gorge, safety improvements such as new signage and side barriers; a culvert replacement, passing opportunities, and the development of a preventative maintenance strategy.
“As with every project, there is likely to be traffic management in place and possible temporary road closures or changes in place. If these are needed, there will be advance warning. We appreciate any delays to people’s journey can be frustrating and we always do what we can to minimise disruptions,” says Mr Partridge.
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