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Work will begin near the end of next month (May) on building a new wharf on the Waitara River.
Contractors will start by removing the existing wharf, with construction of the new wharf starting when piles are delivered on-site near the end of May.
The entire project is scheduled to run for 13 weeks, depending on the weather.
“When the existing wharf is being demolished and the new one is being built, people on the river and on the riverbank will need to keep clear – although the boardwalk will remain open during the project,” says Manager Projects Team Jeff Bondy.
“The contractor will set up fences around the work site which will close the car park nearby, but will keep access to the riverside walk open via a detour around the site.
“The work includes a simple ramp to connect the riverbank to the wharf and at a later date, once funds become available, we’ll build the designed access steps and timber ramp with associated landscaping.”
During the construction period, Taranaki Regional Council will use the contractors to reconstruct the rock bank lining on the river bank under the wharf site.
The original wharf was built in the 1870s and was larger than the current structure. The new wharf will be almost the same size as the existing wharf.
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