Otara Bridge Strengthening and Repairs

October 16, 2018

Temporary Closure of Otara Bridge Ohingaiti

Manawatu District Council wishes to advise that PURSUANT to Section 342 (b) and the Tenth Schedule of the Local Government Act 1974, NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Otara Bridge will be closed from:

  • 7.00am on Tuesday 23 October 2018 to 5.00pm on Friday 26 October 2018

for the purpose of bridge strengthening works. The bridge will be closed at all times during this period.

During the closure period access from State Highway 1 to Rangiwahia will be from Mangaweka via Ruahine Road. Please note that there is an existing 6 tonne gross weight limit for all vehicles using Ruahine Road.

Works have begun on the Otara Bridge over the Rangitikei River at Ohingaiti to strengthen the bridge to carry full Class 1 traffic loads. The works are expected to be completed by Christmas 2018.

Most of the work will take place under the bridge using scaffolding and therefore will not interrupt traffic. However, at times we will need to close the bridge fully for up to 5 days to carry out work on the deck and approaches. We will advise you of these proposed closures 4 weeks in advance.

In addition to this, ordinary daily traffic may encounter occasional temporary delays (stop/go control). We will aim to keep these as short as possible. Of course, we will give immediate access to emergency services, as required.

Please take care to observe the existing bridge restrictions while we are working at the site.

Thank you in advance for your patience. We look forward to working with you to complete this important project for the community.

Jim Mestyanek Senior Project Engineer MDC/RDC 027 24 24 981

The primary contractor personnel are as follows:

Riverside Construction Ltd.

Ian Hunt - Site Supervisor 027 451 2664

Jim Sweetensen - Construction Manager 021 368 002

Steven Sowry - Engineer 022 134 2161

Mark Goodwin - Contract Manager 027 442 7304