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Redclyffe Temp Bridge

Key points so far

  • Alignment significance:  The feasibility of bridge designs is intricately tied to the chosen alignment of the new bridge. Each alignment concept, will carry substantial implications, and guidance from mana whenua is of utmost importance, irrespective of the perspective taken.
  • Land acquisition: Alignments may require land acquisition as part of the project.
  • Co-design process: The bridge design will adhere to a co-design process, involving collaboration with mana whenua, in accordance with the Te Aranga design principles.
  • Flood scheme and network planning: The design of this bridge crossing is closely intertwined with the outcomes of the Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) future flood scheme and broader network planning efforts.
  • Shared ownership: It's important to note that this bridge is jointly owned by both Hastings District Council and Napier City Council.

Temporary staging bridge

A temporary staging bridge has been installed to replace the mid-section of the bridge that was washed away. The bridge ensures a safe passage for vehicles and pedestrians to cross the Tutaekuri River. The damaged mid-section of the Redclyffe Bridge, debris, silt, and obstacles were cleared from the riverbed to allow for the installation of staging. The temporary staging bridge is a 9-span steel beam and prestressed concrete deck structure. This bridge has been designed for a speed of 30km/h only.

Engineering and contractor teams are currently monitoring the existing structure either side of the staging bridge. This has resulted in a weight reduction of the overall bridge to be a maximum of 8 tonnes.

Community meetings

Date Status
Saturday 25 May


Click here to view the meeting presentation.

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


Karakia to bless the start of demolition April 2023 
Demolition of mid-section of the Bridge   April 2023
Karakia to bless the start the staging bridge construction June 2023 
Feasibility study July 2023
Mana whenua engagement and site investigations September 2023, ongoing
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council (HBRC) Mid-2025
Draft methodology and construction drawings TBC
Resource consent lodgement and processing Mid-2025
Packaged design delivery TBC
Blessing ahead of works beginning TBC
Works begin 2028-2031
Public open day during works TBC
Blessing to open bridge TBC

Permanent bridge

A feasibility study is being conducted to assess and the engineering challenges linked to each potential bridge crossing locations. The study aims to propose bridge concepts that are achievable from an engineering standpoint. The feasibility report is based on the following:

  • Geometrics
  • Hydrology and climate effects
  • Geotechnical/geology considerations
  • Environmental considerations
  • Constructability
  • Cost
  • Social impacts
  • Other factors

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