The original bridge at Puketapu was a 129m swing bridge and was in place between 1906 - 1962. This was then replaced by a 122m concrete bridge with six concrete spans and the following specs:
|Six spans of 20.33m length each
Following the destruction of the concrete bridge during Cyclone Gabrielle, a temporary bridge (bridge, ford or pedestrian bridge) was deemed not suitable for the location due to site restrictions, timeframes and costs.
In October 2023, Puketapu School students visited the bridge site where they got to learn about various elements of the rebuild including geotechnical testing from our team of engineers. HDC are looking to keep the school involved in the project where possible.
|Mana whenua engagement and site investigations
|September 2023, ongoing
|Puketapu Community Meeting
|Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council and demolition
|Puketapu School site visit
|Tender process to confirm contractor
|November 2023-February 2024
|Draft methodology and construction drawings
|Resource consent lodgement and processing
|Packaged design delivery
|Blessing ahead of works beginning
|First half of 2024
|Public open day
|Blessing to open bridge
|Aiming for late-2025
A feasibility study has been conducted to assess and the engineering challenges linked to each potential bridge crossing location. The study aims to propose bridge concepts that are achievable from an engineering standpoint. The feasibility report is based on the following:
The team have also completed:
|Thursday 28 September
|Taradale Town Hall
Tuesday 5 March, 6:00pm-7:30pm
|Taradale Town Hall
Details of further meetings will be added here, as and when confirmed.
Following the community meeting in September the questions asked were summarized into the following topics:
HDC have heard the community concerns on the safety around the bridge. As part of this rebuild project, the project team are now also looking at safety improvements to the Vicarage Road/Dartmoor Road intersection.
The new bridge will have two vehicle lanes and a shared user path on the downstream side.
The bridge demolition material has been recycled where possible and the crushed concrete will be used in the rebuild project to minimise environmental impacts.
HDC are expecting to have a contractor onboard to provide construction advice in early 2024. The physical works are expected to start in the first half of the year. We are aiming to complete the physical works in the middle of 2025.
The new bridge is being designed to withstand the water flows of Cyclone Gabrielle at a minimum. The new bridge will be approx. 3 metres higher than the previous bridge height.
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