There's been talk about the need for a suitable crossing point over the Mangawara Stream since 1920.
After a number of attempts, investigations and discussions over the past 98 years, a group of key stakeholders have come together to make it happen.
Waikato District Council, Waikato-Tainui, NZ Transport Agency, and KiwiRail are funding a project to build a single-lane bridge, with pedestrian accessway, linking Watts Grove in Taupiri to the northern bank of the stream, which will provide safe passage to and from the Taupiri Urupa.
The bridge will be built by Emmetts Construction.
The Taupiri Community Board has been active in the development of this project and Council continues to work closely with the wider Taupiri community.
Our contractors are working on the detailed design of the bridge.
This should be completed by early next year.
From there, the bridge itself will start being built off-site and earthworks on-site are scheduled to begin in about May 2019.
Why do we need this new bridge?
The existing pedestrian and vehicle access to this extremely important urupa site is unsafe. They pose a risk for the Taupiri community and the wider population.
The vehicle access off State Highway 1 is dangerous.
There’s a lack of suitable pedestrian access resulting in illegal use of the nearby KiwiRail bridge to get to the urupa and scenic reserve.
The uncontrolled rail crossing near the access point to State Highway 1 has poor visibility and has been the site of recent incidents.