Bridge extension project at Tairua comes in on time and within budget. 10 December 2015 The official opening of the bridge extension at Manaia Road Causeway in Tairua was celebrated today with the local community, our Council and Regional Council staff and elected members coming to cut the red ribbon. The completion of the bridge work has seen it extended by 16m. The Regional Council is now underway with stop-bank and re-contouring improvement works of the flood plain and Graham's Creek channel. That work, in conjunction with the bridge extension, will help keep the road open during flooding and allow floodwater to drain more easily. "The completion of the bridge extension has come in on-time and within budget which is a successful result," says Thames-Coromandel District Council Mayor Glenn Leach. "We want to thank all the contractors and staff who have been involved through either the build, or management, of the project. And we want to thank the community for their patience while road diversions and closures were in place in some areas around Tairua during construction." "This project has seen a strong and focused collaboration between Regional and District Council and our stakeholders working group which is looking to produce a really good result," says Bob Renton, a member of the working party and Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Chair. "We are so pleased a workable solution was found and we've seen a successful outcome so far," says Mr Renton. "This is what can be achieved when locals are involved in decision making that affects the local community." Our Council funded approximately $930,000 towards the project with the Regional Council allocating $600,000 toward flood management and improvements around Graham's Creek. The Bridge extension took approximately 6 weeks to complete and the floodway and stop-bank construction being managed by the Regional Council should take around 12 months. This will be followed by restoration planting in the area which will be completely finished in 2017. Some 12,000 plants may be put into the ground and community volunteers will be asked to help. Click here for the project history.