23/10/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
23 October 2013
Three deteriorated transoms (cross members) are being replaced on Wyley’s Bridge, Mangamahu.
Officially called ‘Bridge 46’, Wyley’s Bridge is the main access to the Mangamahu settlement, crossing the Whangaehu River at the start of Mangamahu Road.
Three existing timber transoms will be replaced with steel. The bridge will be closed from Tuesday, October 22, until Tuesday, November 5, between 9.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday, and between 8.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday and Sunday. It will be open on Labour Day, Monday, October 28.
The replacement transoms are a temporary measure which should keep the bridge functional for two years, until a new bridge is built.
More than 100,000 sheep, 5000 cattle, 500 tonnes of wool, 600 tonnes of kiwifruit and 1000 tonnes of maize travel over the bridge each year.
Cr Ray Stevens says that the work on the bridge is essential for Mangamahu residents’ access and for the transport of goods and stock.
“Without this work local residents in Mangamahu would be greatly affected and the economy in both Mangamahu and Wanganui would suffer, as goods would not be able to travel in and out of the settlement.”
At a community meeting in July this year, Mangamahu residents voted unanimously to earmark $200,000 from a local fund toward the cost of a new bridge.
“The decision by Mangamahu residents to donate this money to the building of a new bridge shows how committed and unified the rural community is,” Cr Stevens said.
Outside the work period, the gross weight allowed across Wyley’s Bridge is 3500kg. The restriction on vehicle height is 2.4 metres and the maximum speed is 15km/h.