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Vicarage Bridge

Key points so far

  • Community division: The absence of the bridge has created a division within the community
  • Project timeline: The goal is to deliver a permanent replacement structure to the community by mid-2025
  • Alignment choice: Rebuilding the bridge on the existing alignment is the preferred approach to meet the required timeline and stakeholder expectations
  • Environmental considerations: The impact on fish spawning in the river is being carefully considered throughout the project's planning and execution.

Community meetings

Taradale Town Hall, Thursday 28 Sept, 6pm-7pm

Please join us for a short presentation from the project team developing concepts for the rebuild of the Puketapu (Vicarage) Bridge, this will include the process ahead and timeframes.


Feasibility study July 2023
Mana whenua engagement and site investigations September 2023, ongoing
Pre-application discussions with Hawke's Bay Regional Council and demolition October 2023
Draft methodology and construction drawings TBC
Resource consent lodgement and processing October - November 2023
Packaged design delivery TBC
Blessing ahead of works beginning TBC
Works begin Early 2024
Public open day TBC
Blessing to open bridge  Mid 2025

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