The Taipā bridge’s location on Northland’s main tourist connection, the Twin Coast Discovery Route, means it plays a critical role in the Northland economy.
The existing bridge has limited provision for pedestrians and does not provide for cyclists, both of whom are important components of the tourist economy.
Improving facilities for people who enjoy walking and cycling, and highlighting Taipā’s appeal as a popular swimming and fishing destination would encourage more visitors and contribute to the local economy. A new bridge would also provide the local community with safer, more reliable travel options.
During the peak visitor season, traffic demand is higher than usual. There are regular delays and safety concerns with the bridge and nearby intersections.
In addition, the road through Taipā (State Highway 10) plays an important role as an alternative route to use if State Highway 1 is closed.
Addressing these issues will help achieve a number of priorities identified in the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015, namely route resilience, economic growth and road safety.
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What’s important to you?
People in the community have already raised the following issues:
- Cars travel too quickly through the town, we don’t want the new bridge to encourage people to speed up
- We need a safe crossing place between the school and shops
- The local kids love to jump off the bridge during the summer
- The bridge is important to local hapū.
A concept design has been developed showing how the project is likely to work. This is based on discussions with iwi and the Northland Regional Council and technical reviews.
The basic elements are:
- Remove the existing bridge and replace it with a new bridge next to it, upstream
- Build a new bridge with two traffic lanes and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists
- Provide a swimming platform for kids in a similar location to where it is now
- Add improvements in the township with a focus on creating safe speeds.
Your feedback on the concept will be help us to develop a preferred option. In particular, we’re keen to understand how you think we can improve the township.
What is the process?
- The outline concept will be developed into a scheme design following consultation
- Your input will inform this process, particularly with regards to the town centre
- The project will be developed and constructed through early contractor involvement. We’re tendering this now and as part of this tendering process the concept design for the bridge is being developed
- The design will be developed further and an Assessment of Environmental Effects produced
- Consents will be sought through the Far North District Council and Northland Regional Council
- Construction is anticipated to commence following approval of consents.