12 May 2016
Pyramid Bridge replacement project underway
The Gore District and Southland District Councils will soon be talking to transport operators and landowners about replacement options for the aging Pyramid Bridge.
District Assets General Manager Paul Withers said there were a range of options on the table for consideration.
“It’s important we get input from those who regularly use the bridge to make sure any replacement is fit for purpose.”
Nearby landowners will also be consulted given options involving a new bridge alignment could affect properties, he said.
The Pyramid Bridge is single lane and spans the Mataura River. It was constructed in the 1930s and is maintained by the Gore District Council. It accommodates the Otama Water Scheme pipe.
Mr Withers said a routine inspection a couple of years ago found the bridge’s future life was limited. The key issues were the poor condition of beams, decking and an abutment.
The bridge’s narrow width has also seen it damaged, from time to time, by wide vehicles.
The bridge is a main link between the Gore and Southland Districts. This is the main reason the replacement project is a collaborative one between both district councils and the New Zealand Transport Agency.
They are presently preparing plans and envisage the design will be signed off next year.
Southland District Council Roading Manager Joe Bourque said the bridge was a key link for people living in the surrounding area.
“The existing bridge is used extensively by the rural community. Plans for its replacement will mean better visibility, better access, and in turn a safer journey, for the people using it,” he said.
It is intended construction on the bridge will be completed by June 2018.
The business case for the replacement is now being worked through. This will refine costs and how they will be shared.
Bridge users, other stakeholders and landowners who would like to discuss the project are welcome to contact Mr Withers, phone 03 209 0330, or Mr Bourque, phone 0800 732 732.