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Mangatutu Low-Level

Mangatutu Low Level

Key points for consideration

  • Land acquisition:Alignments may require land acquisition.
  • Location:The bridge is approximately 53km West of Napier which introduces challenges getting plant and materials to site.
  • Project timeline:The goal is to deliver a permanent repair by late 2027. 


The old bridge was a 32.5m long two span low-level bridge that was constructed in 1988.  

Bridge length 32.5m
Span arrangement Two spans of 16.25 length each
Bridge width 6.5m
Carriageway width 5.75m
Lane arrangement Single lane

The cyclone left little of the old bridge which meant a temporary bridge was needed.

Design considerations

  • Re-use of approach structures
  • Increased height due to flooding risk
  • Location of site/access to site
  • Earthquake considerations 
  • Following best practice engineering guidelines and standards 


Scheduling dates for work may change as a 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  September 2023 
Removal of damaged structures still in the waterway 15 April to mid-May 2024
Mana whenua engagement, community engagement and site investigations  Late 2024 
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC)  Late 2024 
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 2026 
Blessing to open bridge  TBC 

Works completed to date

  • Temporary 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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