Historic bridge in Wellington collapses into river

The bridge may have collapsed last week but the council only heard about it a few days ago. Photo / Supplied
The bridge may have collapsed last week but the council only heard about it a few days ago. Photo / Supplied

A historic bridge has collapsed on Wellington's Kapiti Coast.

The Kapiti Coast District Council said the Ngatiawa Bridge across the Ngatiawa River in Reikorangi may have collapsed as long ago as last Thursday evening, but the council learned about it this week.

Acting Infrastructure Services group manager Glen O'Connor said heavy wooden beams and debris from the bridge are now resting in the river below and the council was working to safely get rid of the debri.
"While we appreciate the bridge holds significant historical value for the district, particularly for Reikorangi residents, we are advising people to stay well clear as debris may come loose and cause harm," said O'Connor.

The Ngatiawa Bridge was built in 1912-13 and is registered Category II under the Historic Places Act 1993.

There has been no public access to the bridge for a number of years.

- Newstalk ZB

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