Finally! Upokongaro cycle bridge launched across Whanganui River

Whanganui’s new Upokongaro Bridge has finally been launched, just hours before New Zealand went into Covid-19 lockdown. High tide was at noon, the river was low and calm, and conditions were perfect when Emmetts Civil Construction and Crane Services staff put the new and long-awaited foot and cycle bridge across the Whanganui River yesterday. The […]

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Upokongaro Cycle Bridge project update

Following discussions with the project contractor, Whanganui District Council has identified 25 March or the week commencing 5 April, 2020 as key dates this year that would be suitable for the launch of the Upokongaro Cycle Bridge. To meet the requirements for this window, Emmetts Civil Construction Limited will look to re-establish machinery, materials and […]

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Castlecliff artwork blessing and celebration

Everyone is welcome to attend a blessing and celebration for an engraved glass artwork, created by Castlecliff artist Claire Bell, which is being installed in the walls of a bus shelter in Castlecliff in March. Bus shelters are a collaboration between Horizons Regional Council and Whanganui District Council. Horizons advises on location and funds installation, […]

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Upgrade signalled for Victoria Avenue / Glasgow Street traffic lights

Whanganui District Council’s planned upgrade to the traffic signals at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Glasgow Street will begin on Monday, 24 February 2020. The Council’s Senior Roading Engineer, Brent Holmes, says, “The traffic signal equipment at this intersection is out-of-date and we are no longer able to obtain parts to maintain them. “In […]

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Whanganui mayor accepts blame for delays to Upokongaro Cycle Bridge

The Mayor of Whanganui says he accepts responsibility for delays in the construction of the Upokongaro Cycle Bridge on State Highway 4 – a crucial link in the Mountain to Sea and National cycleways. The structure has been parked in a paddock on the western riverbank since late 2018 – and is now jokingly referred […]

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Crucial link in shared pathway network officially opened

Minister of Transport, Hon. Phil Twyford today officially opened Whanganui’s 2.3 kilometre long Te Tuaiwi shared pathway, which runs from Whanganui Intermediate School to Whanganui City Bridge connecting Taupō Quay to London Street via St Hill Street and the central rail corridor. A shared pathway is a route designated for shared use by people who […]

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Somme Parade raised platform to improve safety

Crossing Somme Parade at Cornmarket Reserve is set to become safer for pedestrians and shared pathway users with the addition of a raised platform. The section of Somme Parade between Pitt Street and Dublin Street will be closed from Monday, 18 November to Friday, 6 December, 2019 while the raised platform is built. Whanganui District […]

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New Castlecliff bus shelter to feature images of nearby plant and insect life

A bus shelter covered in art that represents the suburb it will serve is to be installed outside the Rangiora St library in Castlecliff. Glass on the shelter will be engraved by local artist Claire Bell, with a design inspired by the plant and insect life found in the Castlecliff sand dunes. Horizons Regional Council […]

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