The Kāpiti 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 says 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.
Mr O’Connor says while council appreciates the bridge holds significant historical value for the district, particularly for Reikorangi residents, they are advising people to stay well clear as debris may come loose and cause harm.
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.
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