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Birchville bridge collapse information – Tuesday 2:50pm Update

We are getting comments that adults and children are crossing the collapsed bridge. The bridge must not be used it is highly dangerous and irresponsible to do so. An initial structural check of the bridge has been made. A 150mm gap has opened up in the bridge deck at the centre pier with 40mm movement… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – Monday 5:00pm Update

Birchville bridge collapse information – Monday 5:00pm Update Contractors continue to make excellent progress on the alternative access track and it is on target for completion on time.It is expected that the first phase (to widen the track) should be completed by the end of this week, and the sealing by the end of the… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – Saturday update

Contractors are now working to widen the track, making it more accessible. Bridge Street residents are able to walk through the track (approximately 20-30 minute walk) but need to take care with the machinery operating in the area. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times while in the track. The previous update… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – Friday 4:30 Update

There has been no change from the previous update (at midday Friday) Our Birchville residents can expect an information sheet delivered to them this evening. We will make every attempt to deliver this personally, to each household; however, if you are not at home or do not come to the door, this information sheet will… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – Friday 30/10

Upper Hutt City Council’s Asset Management team has worked with engineers and local emergency services to better understand the cause of the bridge failure and to restore the services severed by the collapse. These teams have also completed initial assessment of alternative access to the Birchville community isolated by the bridge collapse, and are now… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – 8pm Update

We are working to restore water supply and expect that services will resume in the next few hours. Residents are advised to run water until it is clear, once water is back on. Water is currently being provided to residents by hose; it is important for all residents to boil water before drinking. Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse – 4pm Update

Alternative routes for residents to access their properties are being investigated; it is important that people do not attempt to cross the river at any stage, nor look for alternate tracks. Due to this collapse, water and gas services have been cut to this neighbourhood; Sewage was discharging into the river from pipes impacted by… Read more »

Birchville bridge collapse

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 29 October 2015 — The bridge at Bridge Road (Birchville, Upper Hutt) collapsed at approximately 11:00am on Thursday morning isolating households and interrupting localised services. Upper Hutt City Council’s Asset Management team of engineers have completed a preliminary assessment of the collapse and are now working with specialised bridge engineers and… Read more »

UHCC & LGC: Commission and mayoral forum in constructive meetings

UPPER HUTT, Wellington NZ, 29 SEP 2015—Wellington region mayors, chair and the Local Government Commission are making good progress towards the next steps for Wellington local government, says chair of the Commission Sir Wira Gardiner. “In June, the Commission took off the table a proposal to amalgamate all the councils of the region. While most… Read more »