Historic bridge being assessed


The future of the flood-damaged historic Sutton suspension bridge over the Taieri River near Middlemarch remains unclear as engineers decide what can be salvaged.
The bridge reopened to heavy trucks in June after $350,000 of work, but scaffolding was still in place.
Local residents claim debris caught in the scaffolding contributed to the bridge’s demise.
Dunedin City Council strategy and governance general manager Sandy Graham said engineers were at the site yesterday.
Asked if the bridge could be saved, she said it was “premature” to comment until the engineers had made their assessment.
Strath Taieri Community Board chairman Barry Williams yesterday said the extensive damage to the bridge, which opened in 1875, was “devastating”.
“It’s heartbreaking, just when you think you’ve got it back to normal.”
The bridge had heritage status and “must” be repaired, he said.
Otago Daily Times

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