Taramakau Road Bridge (SH6)


Taramakau Road Bridge (SH6)


NZ Transport Agency (subconsultant to lead designer)

MEM Role:

Planning consultant/Consultation manager

New Zealand Transport Agency commissioned a two year long design and consenting phase of the construction of a new road bridge over the Taramakau River on the West Coast (a $1.5M phase).  The new bridge replaced the dual (road and rail) use of the nearby existing bridge. Special challenges of the site included: a flood prone river within the Coastal Marine Area, with the river forming the boundary between two district councils; a site of special significance for Ngai Tahu (Statutory Acknowledgement site); and an important whitebait fishing site. 

MEM input 

  • Comprehensive Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) involving the management of aquatic ecology and archaeological specialist input.
  • Detailed mitigation measures for the construction phase.
  • Planner’s assessment of Maori cultural values (being a Statutory Acknowledgement site for Ngai Tahu).
  • Resource consents obtained from the regional council.
  • Notice of Requirement accepted by the two district councils.
  • Interpretation panels produced to complete the landscaping design.