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Birchville Bridge is progressing on track

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/02/2017

Upper Hutt's new Birchville Bridge is nearing completion.

"The end is in sight," mayor Wayne Guppy says.

"We're looking forward to having this new bridge in place - a relief for our very patient residents of Bridge Road and improved access to the Birchville walkway and dam."

The road bridge over the Akatarawa River replaces the 1950s structure that was damaged by floodwaters in late 2015.

Two steel beams stretching from bank to bank have been put in place after progress was slowed by the breakdown of a crane.

A set of precast concrete planks will be installed across the beams and the deck poured.

After that, the guard rail and hand rails will be added to complete the bridge.

Bad weather could still cause delays, but Mr Guppy expects to be able to perform the ribbon-cutting ceremony in early March.

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