A complete overhaul on the deck of the Pekatahi Bridge started with closure from February – June 2017. The existing road and rail shared deck was removed and replaced with a wider, solid timber structure. The bridge is heavily relied on by local community and heavy transport as the shortest access route through the Eastern Bay.
Trusted supply of our Weka SG8 and Weka No.1 Wet range was used for this complete project, incorporating 500+ m3 of custom sizes and cut-to-length requests. ATS Timber worked closely with BECA in preliminary designs before commencement. Once underway the project was closely monitored through the main contractor, Downer, along with one of our Approved Resellers from Tauranga, to bring this to completion.
Dave Burns, Project Manager worked with us throughout this project and after completion he made the following comments to ATS.
I worked with the ATS Timber during the construction of the Pekatahi Bridge near Whakatane. I found the team to be very knowledgeable, professional and able to help problem solve when issues arose during the project.
The majority of the timber supplied was of custom sizes and lengths, which was supplied on time, but sometimes when requested by us not in the agreed delivery sequence.
We had great lines of communication which were open and honest, we knew how the supply was progressing and when we were to receive the materials on site.
The ATS timber team were solutions focused which helped us produce a quality product which was completed ahead of time.
On the opening day 16th June 2017, NZTA made the following release.
Bay of Plenty Highways Manager, Niclas Johansson, says the Transport Agency would like to thank the community for their patience while work continued on Pekatahi Bridge.
“We would like to say a big thank you to the community for sticking with us while this important decking project was completed. We are aware of some of the effects it had on peoples’ lives but we are now pleased to announce it is open.”
ATS Timber is very glad to achieve this outcome along with the other teams involved, with the new bridge giving better access to Taneatua and another project we were part of – the Tuhoe Building.