Thursday, 31 August 2017
Hina Hina Bridge Project
Clutha District Council is doing further investigations into
the Hina Hina Bridge project after receiving only one tender for the
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.