Hina Hina Bridge Project Update

MEDIA RELEASE

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Hina Hina Bridge Project Update

Clutha District Council is doing further investigations into the Hina Hina Bridge project after receiving only one tender for the strengthening work.

In March, Council announced work to strengthen the Hina Hina Bridge following NZ Transport Agency funding approval for the project. This meant Council would fund 41% of the $1.13m budget and the NZTA would fund 59%.

Hina Hina bridge has deteriorated over a number of years and has had severe weight restrictions in place for safety reasons.

Unfortunately, Council only received one tender for the strengthening work and this was significantly over the $1.13m approved budget.

Because of this high cost, Council has now agreed with the NZTA to look at building a new bridge, rather than repairing the current one as this is expected to be more cost-effective in the long term.

This bridge renewal will be considered as part of the 2018-21 roading programme, and initial geotechnical investigations are expected to commence in the next few months.

Group Manager of Service Delivery Jules Witt said Council understands this delay will be a frustration for bridge users in the Catlins.

“However, we need to make sure we’re doing the right work to get the best bang for our ratepayers’ buck.”

We will keep the community informed about the progress and we know the bridge is a critical link to Jack’s Bay.

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