In July this year Grey District Council was fortunate to be awarded $13.4m from the Governments “shovel ready” infrastructure contingency fund (Provincial Growth Fund) for the upgrade of the following three road bridges: Rough River Bridge, Moonlight Bridge and William Stewart Bridge.
The purpose of the funding is to boost local employment in the Grey District by giving business owners confidence and certainty for the future, allowing them to employ more staff to complete the shovel ready projects. The existing bridges at Rough River and Moonlight will benefit with a replacement of the existing single lane bridges with new two-lane bridges. The third bridge, William Stewart bridge, will undergo a major refurbishment of the existing bridge structure and although it will remain a single lane bridge, it will be given a longer lifespan. The bridge will also include a cycleway on the new structure to support the proposed cycleways to the area.
Council’s Project Manager, Brent Drummond, said, “All three bridges are currently in the design and approval phase and the tender contracts have been awarded. All three projects will be of great value to the Grey District community.”
Rough River Bridge
Four tenders were received for the Rough River Bridge Project, with G T Liddell Contracting being the successful tenderer. G T Liddell Contracting are a local company from Kaiata. They will be aiming to complete the Rough River Bridge by the end of June 2022.
Four tenders were received for the Moonlight Bridge Project, with G T Liddell Contracting being the successful tenderer. G T Liddell Contracting aim to complete the Moonlight Bridge by the end of June 2022.
William Stewart Bridge
Three tenders were received for the William Stewart Bridge Project, with Concrete Structures Limited being the approved contractor. Concrete Structures Limited has a head office in Rotorua, however, under the Provincial Growth Fund requirements, Concrete Structures Limited were able to demonstrate 92% local support. Concrete Structures Limited aim to complete the William Stewart Bridge by the end of June 2022.
To read more about the PGF fund click here.