A $170,000 walking/cycling bridge to be built across the Waionehu Stream this summer will form a major link in a plan to enable people to travel off-road from Waipu Township to Waipu Cove.
26/01/2016 12:00 a.m.
A $170,000 walking/cycling bridge to be built beside road bridge across the Waionehu Stream this summer, forming a major link in a plan to enable people to get from Waipu Township to Waipu Cove, off road, by cycle or on foot.
The result of a cooperative effort between the Waipu Cycle and Walkway Group, the community and Whangarei District Council, work will begin on the bridge this month and is due to be completed by the end of March.
Ward Councillor Phil Halse said the Waipu Cycle and Walkway Group has secured a number of grants and pledges of material and services and have been working with Council’s Roading Department to get the project under way.
“The WCT and the Roading Department have accepted a design and build offer from a company called BridgeIt. They will design and construct a new, separate, two-metre wide shared path bridge spanning the Waionehu Stream on the eastern side of Cove Road.
“WCT and their volunteers/pledges will be building the 2 to 2.5m wide gravel track from the new bridge to Riverview place over the summer months with Transfield acting as Head Contractor, managing health and safety requirements and traffic control.
“This is a major milestone for the WCT, providing what is currently a missing link between Waipu and Waipu Cove, giving Waipu residents a safe way to access the estuary and beaches on foot or by bike, and it is another great example of what can be achieved when people work together towards the same goal,” Councillor Halse said.