Hastings District Council are currently developing the delivery process for the rebuilds of those bridges destroyed during Cyclone Gabrielle.
The first three bridge sites identified as priorities are Puketapu, Matapiro, and Waiohiki/Redclyffe.
A feasibility study has been conducted to assess and comprehend the distinct engineering challenges linked to each potential bridge crossing location. The study aims to propose bridge concepts that are achievable from an engineering standpoint.
The first three bridge sites identified as priorities are Puketapu, Matapiro, and Waiohiki/Redclyffe. Notably, there are specific financial and time-related limitations associated with the Puketapu and Matapiro sites, which are crucial for swiftly reconnecting these communities.
The feasibility study serves as an initial foundation, with the intention of subsequently integrating insights and discussions from both mana whenua and the broader community into the bridge design process. This collaborative approach ensures that the final design not only meets engineering criteria but also aligns with the aspirations and needs of all.
The bridges which were destroyed in the Hastings District were designed before the 1960s. These were conceived in an era when our knowledge and practices regarding design, construction, and maintenance were not as advanced as they are today. We have since made significant strides in these areas, and this progress informs the planning and development of our new bridge structures.
Contemporary design standards are now equipped to accommodate even the most challenging weather phenomena, such as Cyclone Gabrielle.
The design considerations for the replacement bridges can be summarized as follows:
Old (red) vs new design to current standards - Puketapu example
HDC partner with mana whenua for projects that have an impact to waterways, this partnership is underpinned by the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the statutory acknowledgments of mana whenua over our local rivers.
Statutory acknowledgements record some of the special associations mana whenua have with sites or areas, associations that are recognised by the Crown through the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process and the Acts that give effect to those settlements. These statutory acknowledgements influence the Resource Management Act 1991 processes for a proposal.
In planning the construction of permanent bridges to replace those lost during Cyclone Gabrielle, HDC will be partnering with mana whenua to help guide our decision making. This will lead to engagement with the wider community.
Work in the waterway
Ongoing updates by way of:
Roading and transport network
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