Plans for new bridge find favour with residents

Beaumont residents inspect design plans for the new Beaumont bridge. Photo: Adam Burns
Beaumont residents inspect design plans for the new Beaumont bridge. Photo: Adam Burns
Local residents are upbeat about the new Beaumont bridge.

The local Beaumont community had their first chance to offer feedback yesterday on the proposed two-lane bridge over the Clutha River.

A public session was held where residents were able to inspect design plans and discuss the project with the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and engineering and design consultants on the project.

Construction of the the 190m bridge has been proposed for 2020.

The project is expected to cost $20million and is to be funded by the NZTA.

Beaumont resident Shar Conder said the plans looked ''really great and really thought out''.

''I'm very happy. The old bridge is a bit raggedy.

''Where we live, it is certainly noticeable when trucks are going over it. It'll be good once it's done.''

The single-lane bridge will remain to provide pedestrian and cycle access across the Clutha River to the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail, the NZTA said.

One other resident suggested the speed limit of the bridge be reduced from ''100kmh to 70kmh''.

Two design plans were laid out for the community including the proposed design, which keeps

pedestrians and cyclists cut off from main traffic and A future-proofing concept for installation of a shared path.

Engineering consultant Mike Davies said the the realignment of the new bridge had taken previous feedback from residents into consideration.

''The new bridge will still pass the front of the Beaumont Hotel.''

Mr Davies confirmed discussions with ''four to five'' property owners who would be affected by the project plans had been ''positive''.

''We still have to talk with one other landowner.''

adam.burns@odt.co.nz

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