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A new bridge near Gisborne on State Highway 2 will provide safer, more reliable state highway travel, says local MP Hon Anne Tolley.

Prime Minister John Key today announced the Motu Bridge, the sole one-lane bridge on State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Opotiki, will be replaced.

“This is yet more good news for our region’s roads and the local economy, and comes on top of the $120 million Gisborne transport package that was announced by the National government last year,” says Mrs Tolley.

“The new Motu Bridge will deliver a better and more efficient passage for freight drivers, who transport the majority of Gisborne’s produce north over State Highway 2.”

The Government has committed $3 million to $5 million for the bridge replacement.

This project forms part of the Government’s Accelerated Regional Roading Programme which was announced by the Prime Minister in 2014, and is designed to speed up the completion of transport projects considered to be important to the regions.

“Many people have campaigned for this upgrade and I’m absolutely delighted to have advocated for this investment in our roads.”

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