Clutha District Council is pleased to advise that the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) has approved $3.4 million for the replacement of the Hinahina Bridge.
Jim Harland, Director Regional Relationships, NZTA said “The condition of the bridge and resulting restrictions means there is a need to get on and replace it. This is an important asset for the local and wider community, as well as businesses and tourists. We are very pleased to be able to support the replacement of Hina Hina Bridge to keep our communities connected, improve access to the transport system and support regional economic development and wellbeing.”
The NZTA is co-investing $2 million in the project, with Council’s share amounting to $1.4 million. This is an overall project budget increase of $$780,000 from the current budget of $2.6 million, with Council’s additional share of $320,000 being funded from depreciation and will not have an impact on rates.
The increase in budget is mainly to meet minimum NZTA bridge specification requirements and to account for uncertainties.
Group Manager Service Delivery, Jules Witt, said tenders for the design and construction of the bridge would be called for late January 2020.
“We anticipate awarding the contract by early March 2020, subject to the successful outcome of the tender process and Council approval. The new bridge construction is estimated to take approximately 14 months.”
Clutha District Mayor Brian Cadogan has welcomed the news and acknowledged the level of support the project received from the NZTA.
“It is great to see progress being made. Hinahina Bridge is an old bridge in a coastal environment which provides its unique challenges and it has been deteriorating faster over a number of years than ongoing maintenance can deal with and now has severe vehicle weight restrictions for safety reasons. It is a critical link to Jacks Bay for residents, businesses and tourists alike as the alternative route can add up to an additional 26 km of travel for some users. The new bridge will meet the community’s needs now and well into the future.”
Council staff and consultants have worked relentlessly to get the project to this point, including engineering assessments of the site, preliminary designs and completing a Detail Business Case in support of the initial funding application.