Opening of the Kuripapango Bridge on Napier-Taihape Road before the scheduled time
In addition to being reinforced, the Kuripapango Bridge has been widened to allow vehicles to better maneuver to and from the bridge.
After being closed for two and a half months for reinforcement work, the Kuripapango bridge will reopen to all traffic on Tuesday evening, two weeks ahead of schedule.
Work on the Taihape / Napier Road Bridge, 57 kilometers from Hastings, was due to new vehicle weight and size restrictions introduced by the government in 2016.
The modernization (co-funded by Waka Kotahi – New Zealand Transport Agency, Rangitikei District Council and Hastings District Council) means the bridge can now accommodate vehicles weighing up to 62 tonnes – up from 44 tonnes.
The bridge has also been widened to allow vehicles to better maneuver to and from the bridge.
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Hastings District Council’s Comprehensive Bridge Strengthening Program has been consulted as part of the 2018-2028 Long Range Plan and four bridges on Taihape Road have already been upgraded – Pukehamoamoa, Kawera, Blacks and Tois, all from a capacity of 62 tons.
The Kuripapango Bridge is the latest to bring the Hastings / Taihape road up to legal compliance.
During construction, the bridge was closed on weekdays.