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McVicars Culvert

McVicars Culvet

Key points for consideration

  • Flooding: The existing culvert has historically blocked regularly (even with engineering controls) and the design focus is to allow residents access shortly following these events.    
  • Location: The bridge is approximately 53km North-west of Napier which introduces challenges getting plant and materials to site.
  • Project timeline: The goal is to deliver a permanent repair to the community by early 2025.


McVicars Culvert is treated as a bridge due to the waterway area under the road being large. The existing bridge consists of two 1 metre diameter culverts that pass under the road.

The road at McVicars Culvert has been washed away three times in recent memory, most recently in 2018.  

Bridge length 2m
Span arrangement Two 1m diameter culverts
Culvert length 34m
Carriageway width 7m
Lane arrangement Dual lane

Approximately 3m of road was washed away during the cyclone. Earthworks have been completed to allow road users to pass. Access may be limited during heavy rainfall. 

Design considerations

  • Re-use of existing structure
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Location of site/access to site
  • Frequency of flooding
  • Earthquake considerations
  • Following best practice engineering guidelines and standards


Feasibility study  Complete 
Mana whenua engagement, community engagement and site investigations  Early 2024 
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC)  Early 2024 
Draft methodology and construction drawings  Mid 2024 
Resource consent lodgement and processing  Mid 2024 
Packaged design delivery  Mid 2024 
Blessing ahead of works beginning  Late 2024 
Works begin  Late 2024 
Blessing to open bridge  TBC 

Works completed to date

  • Temporary earthworks
  • Options report
  • Concept design

Community meetings

Date Location Status
August 2023 McVicar Road Complete

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


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