Award winning bridge keeps Hokianga towns connected

Published on 20 July 2022

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A new bridge that is a key part of the only road link to several remote communities in North Hokianga has been awarded by Northland’s construction industry.

The replacement for Bridge G01, a decaying 37-meter long timber span on West Coast Road, won the Northland Transportation Alliance-sponsored Innovation Award last month at the Civil Contractors New Zealand - Northland Construction Awards.

The three-span bridge links Panguru on one side with the remote coastal communities of Te Karaka Point, Rangi Point and Mitimiti on the north western side of Hokianga Harbour.

The original single-lane, timber plank bridge was in very poor condition with splitting deck timbers resting on severely corroded steel beams connected to timber abutments and piers.

Steve Bowling Contractors Ltd initially tendered to repair the bridge, but instead suggested a full replacement design. The company’s solution for the bridge was considered best value for money by Northland Transportation Alliance and Far North District Council, and the alternative approach was given the go-ahead.

Steve Bowling Contractors Ltd constructed new bridge components at its Whangarei depot allowing it to closely control quality. The new one-way span has concrete foundations, new steel bearers and a wooden deck. The company not only exceeded its initial brief by delivering a new asset for the Hokianga community, it did so under budget. Construction was completed in October 2021.