Bridges evaluated for load safety
Truck restrictions are being placed on 7 local bridges as a result of the latest round of annual bridge evaluations.
The evaluations determine if the bridges are capable of carrying loadings for trucks and High Productivity Motor Vehicles (HPMV), over 44 tonnes, and the level of loading they could safely carry.
“The latest review has major implications for landowners living in the rural parts of our community,” says Tairawhiti roads general Manager Dave Hadfield.
“Seven local bridges will need to have weight and speed restrictions to prevent overloading.”
Those bridges include:
1. Te Hau Bridge - Te Hau Road
2. Waitangi Access Bridge - Waitangi Road
3. Bridges Bridge - Whakarau Road
4. Mokonui Bridge - Wharekopae Road
5. Saddlers (New Bridge) Bridge – Saddlers Road
6. Puhapata Bridge - Poroporo Road
7. Oweka Bridge – Waikura Road
“We’re in the process of contacting owners of stock and forestry in the area, to discuss new health and safety requirements for these bridges and how they might affect travel routes.”
If anyone regularly uses heavy vehicles on any of these bridges, contact Alicia Caldwell at Tairawhiti Roads, phone 06 986 4598 or email Alicia.Caldwell@gdc.govt.nz .
Evaluations of the 335 bridges and large culverts in the region are being completed for health and safety and planning maintenance and upgrade work programmes.
Approximately three quarters of the Council’s bridges have been assessed, with 83 bridges still to be assessed.
Further information on bridge weight restrictions