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Three Northland bridge contracts named

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/02/2017 Paul McBeth

Civil construction firm Fulton Hogan and engineering outfit Aurecon have won $40.7 million of work to replace three one-way bridges in Northland as part of the government's pledge to improve the region's neglected transport infrastructure.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges on Friday appointed the contracts to replace two bridges at Matakohe, between Wellsford and Dargaville, and one at Taipa on the southern shore of Doubtless Bay.

The contract can be extended to include the replacement of the Kaeo bridge, which is slated for construction to start next year.

The new bridge at Taipa will provide greater resilience during extreme weather and improve safety, while the two new bridges at Matakohe will improve safety for all road users.

The government pledged to build the bridges in a 2015 by-election which its candidate ultimately lost to NZ First leader Winston Peters.

Funding of $26.1m has been approved for the Matakohe project and $16.6m for Taipa, and a request for funding is expected to be made for the Kaeo bridge replacement in the first quarter.

Public consultation on the preferred alignment for the Matakohe and Taipa projects will take place in the first quarter of this year, with building expected to begin later in the year.

The remaining six one-way bridges are still in the planning phase and haven't had economic assessments. The first four bridges are expected to be the most expensive.

Separately, Fulton Hogan won a share of Wellington City Council's $30m road maintenance contract, spanning the south and east of the capital city until June 2020.

Wellington's other road maintenance contractor Downer EDI will continue to work the central city, north and west suburbs until June 2020.

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