Grafton bridge con­crete crum­bling

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE - CA­TRIN OWEN

Crum­bling con­crete on 117-yearold Grafton Bridge is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Auck­land Coun­cil.

In­ner city res­i­dents are con­cerned the his­toric bridge, built in 1910, is be­ing ne­glected by Auck­land Trans­port with con­crete sec­tions of the bridge crum­bling and glass bar­ri­ers coated in graf­fiti and grime.

Jac­qui Wilkin­son, chair of the Grafton Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion said the bridge was ‘‘in a state of de­spair’’ with a chunk of con­crete miss­ing from the rail­ing, re­veal­ing steel re­in­forc­ing.

‘‘I was won­der­ing if some­body had been a long and smashed it,’’ she said.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) spokesman Mark Han­nan said the miss­ing pieces of con­crete was caused by con­crete ‘‘spalling’’ which oc­curred when wa­ter pen­e­trates con­crete caus­ing the in­ter­nal re­in­forc­ing to ex­pand, crack­ing the con­crete.

He said it was com­mon in old struc­tures and AT, which is owned by Auck­land Coun­cil, mon­i­tored in­fras­truc­ture like the bridge for safety.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­crete spalling was un­der­way and con­crete sam­ples had been sent to a lab for test­ing.

‘‘There are no safety risks associated with this and there are no struc­tural is­sues with the bridge,’’ Han­nan said.

Han­nan said fol­low­ing the re­sults of the lab tests, AT would con­duct nec­es­sary re­pairs.

It’s not just the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­crete rais­ing con­cern but safety bar­ri­ers cov­ered in graf­fiti and filth mak­ing it im­pos­si­ble to see down into the gully be­low.

‘‘It should be cleaned once a month in re­gards to the mo­tor­way spill over from down be­low,’’ Wilkin­son said.

‘‘It’s not just gross for cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and bus users but also tourists as it’s a main tourist route.’’

Wilkin­son would like some­one ap­pointed as a guardian for the bridge.

‘‘Given it’s his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance and the con­nec­tion be­tween the east and the west sub­urbs, some­body should be ap­pointed for it’s her­itage,’’ she said.

Mike Lee, the coun­cil­lor for the Waitem­ata and Gulf ward echoed Wilkin­sons con­cerns.

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