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New Bridges for Waimahanga

Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency will soon be replacing the 100-year-old bridges along the Boswell Track - as part of Onerahi’s Waimahanga Track.
Updated: 14/05/2018 8:41 a.m.
Photograph of an old Boswell Track bridge.

​Bridges along the Boswell Track that
forms part of Onerahi's Waimahanga
Track are over a 100 years old and are
only 600mm wide, the new bridges
will be 2.5 metres wide.

​Contracts have been let for the replacement of dilapidated 100-year-old bridges along the Boswell Track, part of Onerahi’s Waimahanga Track.

“These bridges were built at the turn of the century and are only 600mm wide.  That makes them too narrow by today’s standards, and they are also very old. The new bridges will be 2.5 metres wide,” said WDC Infrastructure Committee Chairman, Greg Martin. 

“The new bridges will be designed by Tiaki ECL and built by Bridge It NZ (BINZ).  BINZ is based in the Bay of Plenty and is the number one small-to-medium sized bridge building company in New Zealand.

Councillor Martin said BINZ and Tiaki ECL specialise in designing and building bridges of all types throughout New Zealand, including road bridges and farm bridges and the award winning McLaren Falls Pedestrian Bridge.

“They have constructed or upgraded more than 250 bridges over the last seven years, and more than 70 of those in the last two years,” Councillor Martin said.

"The design will be completed over the next few months and construction will begin in March or April." 

The public will be notified when the tracks are closed for three or four weeks while the bridges are installed.

The work, funded in part by Council and in part by the New Zealand Transport Agency Cycling and Walking funding, is part of a network of cycling/walking routes connecting Whangarei’s suburbs to the central City, promoting healthy lifestyles and alternatives to road traffic.

Read more about the Onerahi Cycleway/Walkway by following the link below.



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