Bridge Opening

At Last, a New Bridge from the KCDC

But its Matatua not Waikanae

By Alan Tristram
25th September 2009Matatua road new bridge 1

The KCDC says the $2.7million Matatua Bridge in Raumati will be officially opened next Tuesday ,September 29, after eight months’ work.

Kapiti Coast District Council’s Assets & Services Group Manager, Gary Simpson says: “Mayor Jenny Rowan will officiate — and we are inviting locals and business people who have been inconvenienced by the construction.

“It’s a good opportunity for us to thank the people who have been so patient during the demolition of the old triple-cell culvert, the pile driving and the construction.”

He adds: :”And we want to thank the contractors who have done a difficult job under challenging winter conditions.”

The sides of the Wharemauku Stream between the twin-cell and old triple cell culvert were rebuilt, with piles being driven into the sand using vibrating pile-driving.

Matatua road new bridge“The old culvert and road were demolished and new piles driven for the bridge.  Once the bridge decking was complete, the final work involved landscaping and developing the area.”

Mr Simpson says the road is now open but a temporary speed restriction is in place until the road markings can be finished.

(Editor’s Note: The ‘Waikanae’ Bridge in the headline refers to the WLR second bridge over the Waikanae River, which has just been further delayed by the Government’s Expressway plans)