Compromise plea over Tuapeka Mouth bridge re-use

The Tuapeka Mouth pedestrian bridge I-beams lie alongside the the old bridge. Photo supplied.
The Tuapeka Mouth pedestrian bridge I-beams lie alongside the the old bridge. Photo supplied.
The Tuapeka River Gold Trail (TRGT) working party has made a late plea to the Clutha District Council for a compromise decision when it meets today to determine the fate of the Tuapeka Mouth pedestrian bridge.

The district assets committee, at its September 2 meeting, recommended the 22m-long bridge and two associated steel I-beams be reallocated to the Gabriel's Gully walking track upgrade project.

Working party TRGT spokesman Roger Hodgkinson and Tuapeka Mouth Community Committee chairman Ashley Roy have since written to the council asking for a compromise to be made over the decision.

Mr Hodgkinson and Mr Roy want the council to leave the I-beams at Tuapeka Mouth for the TRGT to build a memorial bridge to recognise the Tuapeka River gold miners, as part of a proposed cycle track.

"We feel that if the council should elect to put the pedestrian bridge at Gabriel's Gully, it is appropriate for the I-beams to stay for us to complete our project," Mr Hodgkinson said.

The Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board had requested the bridge elements to be used as two creek crossings in the Gabriel's Gully walking track upgrade.

The council will make a final decision on the bridge today and will be addressed by Mr Hodgkinson.


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