30/10/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
30 October 2013
Wyley’s Bridge, the main access to the Mangamahu settlement, will reopen five days ahead of schedule, after repair works to transoms (cross members) have been completed.
The bridge, which has been closed during the day since October 22, will re-open on Friday, November 1, five days ahead of schedule.
Cr Ray Stevens is delighted that Mangamahu residents will once again have around-the-clock access to the bridge.
“Thanks to the superb and efficient work by the contractors, Emmetts Civil Construction, and the co-operation of the Mangamahu residents who used the bridge at designated times, the ‘gateway to Mangamahu’ is fully functioning. 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. It is also the main access for Mangamahu residents and I am sure they are happy it has been fixed ahead of schedule.”
Three deteriorated timber transoms were replaced with steel, a temporary measure to enable the bridge to function for a further two years until a new bridge is built.
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.