5/11/2013 12:00:00 a.m.
5 November 2013
Wanganui District Councillor Ray Stevens says he is delighted that New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has approved a replacement for Wyley’s Bridge at Mangamahu.
The ageing bridge, also known as ‘Bridge 46’, has been repaired a number of times, including during October this year, but is reaching the end of its life. It is the main access to the Mangamahu settlement, crossing the Whangaehu River at the start of Mangamahu Road.
“Wyley’s Bridge provides vital access for residents, as well as the primary means of transporting goods and stock to and from the area which plays such a huge part in our district’s economy,” Cr Stevens said.
“I’m delighted that NZTA has recognised that replacing the bridge is essential for the community.”
The investigation phase of this project is currently in progress and it is expected that ‘design and build’ tenders will be called for the $2.7M bridge replacement project by May 2014.
The Wanganui District Council-led project will be co-funded by the Rangitikei District Council and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
“Earlier this year, the Mangamahu community came to the party and voted unanimously to donate $200,000 from a local fund toward the cost of a new bridge,” Cr Stevens said.
“That money is currently being spent on geotechnical work to ensure that the whole bridge replacement project will go ahead seamlessly.”
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.
The recent repair work will keep Wyley’s Bridge functional for another two years until a new bridge is built. The speed limit on the bridge is 15km/h.