Speedy work on Kuaotunu River Bridge repairs 08 October 2019 Repairs to Kuaotunu River Bridge are making good progress, with forecasts looking like it could be open in advance of Labour Weekend. More good news is a free additional midday shuttle bus service will start tomorrow, between Kuaotunu and Whitianga, while the bridge is closed. The bridge was badly damaged in the early-September storm and New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), who manage the bridge, closed it to all traffic to make repairs as quickly as possible. Our Civil Defence Controller, Garry Towler, met with roading contractors Higgins this morning and says, “All going well, the work will be completed well in time for Labour weekend.” Our Council has worked with NZTA, which has agreed to provide a free shuttle bus service from Kuaotunu to Whitianga while the bridge is closed. Go Kiwi Shuttles will depart Kuaotunu, outside the fire station, at 7:30am and 8:30am and then returns from Whitianga at 4:30pm and 5:30pm. From tomorrow, Wednesday 9 October, there will also be a lunchtime bus leaving Whitianga at 11.30am and Kuaotunu at 12pm. “We thank NZTA for its support to provide this service, and it’s great to be able to offer this over the school holidays,” says our Council’s district manager - north, Allan Tiplady.We’ve installed a temporary bike rack outside the Kuaotunu Hall at 12 Blackjack Rd for bus users and further racks can be brought in if required. “We recognise the road closure will have a big impact on the community of Kuaotunu and we thank residents for their cooperation,” Mr Tiplady says. “Increased security is in place during the night to keep an eye on the vehicles parked either side of the bridge.” If you want to speak to someone from our emergency management team about any concerns or requests for assistance, call us on 07 868 0200. Kuaotunu Katchup is the Facebook page to go to for updates, offers of transport, pickups, deliveries and everything in between.