Saturday, April 13, 2024

Work to begin on $500k Kāeo footbridge

A new footbridge to span Waikare Creek in Kāeo is a step closer, with construction due to begin this week.

The structure is being built next to the existing two-lane Waikare Creek Bridge on State Highway 10 in the heart of the town.

The new footbridge will provide a safe alternative for pedestrians, particularly those with prams or wheelchairs, who currently must cross Waikare Creek Bridge using very narrow paths close to highway traffic.

Far North District Council contractor, Fulton Hogan, plans to start preliminary work on Monday 7 August.

A temporary footpath will be in place for pedestrian use on either side of the existing bridge during the work, and some car parks outside the Madhatters Donna’s Café and the Four Square will be closed to provide large machinery access to the site.

Two bridge piles are due to be installed once Top Energy relocates power lines later this month. Other construction work will involve strengthening the river embankment and building new paths providing access to the new footbridge.

Pedestrians are being advised to take care while walking around the area, and motorists are urged to reduce their speed while work continues.

The $500,000 project is expected to be completed by mid-November.

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