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Ellis Wallace

Ellis Wallace

Key points for consideration

  • River width: The old bridge was constructed within the river channel. The proposed bridge will span the full width of the channel.
  • Land acquisition: Alignments may require land acquisition.
  • Project timeline: The goal is to deliver a permanent replacement structure by early 2029.


The original site of the Ellis Wallace bridge no longer crosses the Esk River. The cyclone resulted in the riverbed shifting approximately 60m to the south. The bridge is now buried in silt and is due to be deconstructed. 

Bridge length 24.4m
Span arrangement Two spans of 12.2m length each
Bridge width 3.7m
Carriageway width 3.3m
Lane arrangement Single lane

Two temporary structures were built to allow access to the residents. A ford was initially constructed followed by a 36.5m long bailey bridge.

Design considerations

  • Increased height due to flooding risk 
  • Increased river channel width 
  • Increased pile depth 
  • Adjacent railway bridge 
  • Earthquake considerations 
  • Following best practice engineering guidelines and standards 


Scheduling dates for work may change as the project proceeds. For example, detailed investigations may show that a project is more or less complex than initial inspections revealed, and the updated information may see a project brought forward or delayed. 

Feasibility study  August 2023
Mana whenua engagement, community engagement and site investigations  TBC 
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC)  TBC 
Draft methodology and construction drawings  TBC 
Resource consent lodgement and processing  TBC 
Packaged design delivery  TBC 
Blessing ahead of works beginning  TBC 
Works begin  Late 2027 
Blessing to open bridge  TBC 

Works completed to date

  • Temporary ford and bailey bridge
  • Feasibility study
  • Options report

Community meetings

Date Location Status
TBC TBC Pending

Details of any future community meetings will be added here, as and when confirmed.


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