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Whanganui Midweek - 2021-11-24

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Wakefield St Bridge funding approval

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Whanganui District Council can now move forward with a group of significant infrastructure projects after Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency approved all safety projects in the council’s roading programme for 2021-24. The projects are part of a package of almost $10 million for the council’s low-cost, low-risk safety programme announced as part of Waka Kotahi funding for the next three years. The council’s senior roading engineer, Brent Holmes, says Waka Kotahi’s acceptance of all council bids for safety improvements is great news for Whanganui. The projects approved for subsidised funding include the replacement of the Wakefield Street Bridge in Whanganui East, the Aramoho Rail Bridge pedestrian walkway clip-on and Erni’s Bridge at Kauarapaoa. “It’s fantastic that all our projects were accepted – they are not easy projects. For instance, Wakefield Street Bridge on No 3 Line crosses over an operational railway yard.” The council has been seeking Waka Kotahi approval to replace the Wakefield Bridge since 2014. Mayor Hamish McDouall says the council’s infrastructure team had provided compelling business cases to Waka Kotahi for the funding and it was pleasing to see all projects accepted. Read more at: www.whanganui.govt.nz/waka-kotahi-funding

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