Mangaweka Bridge Replacement Listen The existing historic 115-year-old bridge was closed for repairs in October 2016. On inspection, it found that the timber beams were weakened beyond repair so the bridge was reopened with a maximum weight limit of 6 tonne. Since then Council has been involved in the design and consenting process to construct a new bridge. The design is now complete, and contract documents are being finalised. If all goes well construction could start in June 2020. The new bridge would take two years to complete. The existing bridge was built in 1904 and was going to be demolished after the new bridge was opened. However, there was a strong push to keep the historic bridge. So Rangitikei and Manawatu District Council decided to keep the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists to use. On-going maintenance of the old bridge will be funded by the Mangaweka Heritage Trust.