Clarence Valley Access

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New permanent access for Clarence Valley is a big step closer thanks to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency approval of up to an estimated $12million of funding support for a new bridge.

NZTA approved the funding at a 95% assistance rate to Council through until 31 December 2022. Council’s estimated contribution would be $630,000, bringing the total estimated project cost to $12.6 million.

Due to the significance of the decision, Council must now carry out formal consultation before being able to decide whether to proceed with the project. Council is expecting to be able to consult as part of the  2020/2021 Draft Annual Plan consultation in April next year.

Since losing the Glen Alton bridge in the 2016 earthquake, Council has been investigating options to restore access to the Clarence Valley. After developing an indicative business case, Council applied to the NZTA for funding for a new bridge and road links downstream of the original bridge.

Between December 2019 and May 2020, more work will be carried out to allow council to:

  • confirm the preferred option;
  • refine project estimates;
  • provide detailed reporting and information to the Council, and NZTA.

The community will then have a chance to have their say through consultation.

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19 December 2019