Mangawhai bridge repairs begin

by Paul Campbell

Kaipara District Council has awarded a $2.3 million contract for the repair and remediation of Mangawhai’s Tomarata Bridge on Insley Street to civil engineering firm, Freyssinet NZ Ltd.

“Work will start on the bridge in mid-August, with the works to be completed by Christmas to minimise disturbance to peak summertime traffic,” said council spokesman Benjamin Hope.

“The bridge will remain under restricted single lane closure throughout the duration — that is the current traffic management plan. However, we’ll proactively communicate to the public and affected parties any changes to the projected work plans and timetables.

“Across the duration of the repair, there may be instances when the bridge will be closed completely, but we will work to minimise this disruption, and notify residents well in advance.”

General manager infrastructure for KDC, Jim Sephton said: “The repairs needed are to remedy the damage caused by saltwater. As the bridge crosses the Mangawhai estuary, it is constantly exposed to a marine environment, which over time has caused severe corrosion and concrete spalling to the bridges bearers and beams. This work will address those concerns, and prepare the bridge for future and continued use.”