NZ engineers checking bridges

Wednesday November 30, 2016 Written by Published in Environment
Infrastructure Cooks Islands’ Mac Mokoroa with New Zealand engineers Lionel Kea and Robert Hon. 16112925 Infrastructure Cooks Islands’ Mac Mokoroa with New Zealand engineers Lionel Kea and Robert Hon. 16112925

TWO NEW ZEALAND engineers are on Rarotonga conducting an inspection trip to check on the condition of bridges around the island.

 

Lionel Kew and Robert Hon, from Wellington City Council, started their work on Monday last week.

The Cook Islands News caught up with them and Infrastructure Cooks Islands’ Mac Mokoroa at Avana where they were checking a culvert under the main road.

The pair is here for two weeks looking at those on the main road and some of the smaller bridges and culverts on the back road.

Kea says: “Our main goal here is to assess bridges and their conditions and assist ICI do their own assessments.

“We’re training up local guys and part of our role is trying to work out costings for replacing the bridges so that can go into the financial planning for the year. “

They are also prioritising what works need to be done first. The funding process to deal with it.

“There are a couple of ones on the main routes that will take priority.”

Mokoroa says: “We will be looking for a lot of money to complete all of our bridges.

“And we’ll need to co-ordinate planning with financial people to allocate funds to upgrading our bridges.

“The idea is while we are upgrading our roads, we should also be upgrading our bridges.

“They go hand in hand.

“We need to widen the road down in Muri – it is one of the biggest concerns – and it is a matter of talking with the landowners.”

Mokoroa says the assessment by the New Zealand engineers will help when it comes to widening the bridges.

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