The recent refurbishment of the Mangarere Bridge has taken a lot of effort on the part of many. This is because of the extensive nature of the repairs and the lack of an alternative route. The bridge is the only way in and out of the road, and the repair work required significant periods of bridge closure five days per week for the past three months.
Local residents and business operators have been patient, resilient, and resourceful in the face of inconvenience. The Contractor has accommodated farming and adventure operations as well as regular household movements during a busy summer season. At the same time, he has achieved the required aims of quality workmanship, timeliness, and budget. Police, Fire, and Ambulance have stood well briefed and thoroughly resourced to respond to any emergencies that might have come to hand. (Fortunately, there were none that I know of.)
In short, we at Council appreciate the efforts of many people to make this bridge work a success. In our view, this is an indicator of the maturity and cooperative spirit of everyone involved in this particular rural community.
So we invite you to join us to celebrate the completion of the works and the formal re-opening of the bridge on: