The Huntly footbridge was damaged by a truck and has since been removed for repairs.
Assessment of the damage to the Huntly footbridge is underway but when it will re-open has yet to be determined. Waikato District Council staff are assessing the damage and repairs needed after a truck travelling on State Highway 1 hit it earlier this month.
The truck damaged the two-legged pier that holds the footbridge up on the Main Street side of the bridge. This needs to be replaced to restore the structural integrity of the footbridge. The footbridge was removed last week but the length of time it will be out of action is currently unknown as design and the details of repair work are still being worked through.
Costs of the repairs are being investigated and council staff are working with insurers and the NZ Transport Agency to determine the funding required.
While the footbridge is down, pedestrians are being advised on the alternative route to use.
If travelling from the west side of the footbridge, pedestrians can walk from Main St to Rayner Rd, Rayner Rd to Ralph St, Ralph St to William St and from William St to Glasgow St.
The footbridge was previously taken down by the council in August 2015 when the boom of an excavator on the back of a truck damaged the main footbridge span.
It cost the council in the order of $280,000 to repair and replace and was covered by insurance. This most recent damage is of a lesser extent; however the process to manage the repairs means the council has to work across multiple stakeholders.
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