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Takitimu North Link: Beginning of construction work and meeting with the teams

A detour road is open ahead of the works from Wairoa Rd. Photo/Supplied

People are invited to meet the team delivering mahi to the Takitimu North Link project this weekend as construction begins on the first of eight bridges to be constructed.

A community briefing will be held at Bethlehem Hall on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., giving neighbors and the wider community an update on progress and the opportunity to learn more about what’s happening during the construction.

Jo Wilton, Regional Infrastructure Delivery Manager for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, said: “We have reached an exciting phase with the start of work on the Wairoa Road Bridge, the first of eight major structures in the The piling will be underway from next week for about six weeks, and the bridge will take about 12 months to build.

“Now is a great time for local people to learn more about the project and what to expect during construction. We encourage everyone to come and learn more. We will have maps and aerial photos to see, and even activities for the kids. We know there’s a lot of interest in how things are progressing and how the road will be built – we can’t wait to see the people there.”

The Wairoa Road Overbridge is 95m long.  Photo / Provided
The Wairoa Road Overbridge is 95m long. Photo / Provided

The Wairoa Road Overbridge is 95m long and is one of a series of three far-spanning ridge bridges to be constructed as part of New Zealand’s $655 million upgrade program project.

The project includes eight bridges totaling 1.6 km of the 6.8 km route, consisting of 45 spans and approximately 12 km of piles. They vary in length from 20m to 360m and in height from 6m to 25m.

A diversion (see photo below/attached) on Wairoa Road has been built to allow the construction of the bridge, and it operates with a speed limit of 30 km/h. The bridge will be built “offline” – away from the site – and will not disrupt traffic.

As with most major construction projects, there will be a number of disruptions as the Takitimu North Link project progresses. We will do our best to ensure that we can minimize this and keep the community informed.

About the project

The Takitimu North Link project is part of the government’s $8.7 billion New Zealand Upgrade Program investment in better travel choices.