Bridge upgrade to have higher level
Community feedback from both sides of the Manukau Harbour has made a significant impact on the next phase of a project to replace the Old Mangere Bridge.
The replacement for the bridge will be 8 metres wide rather than the 6 in the original plan, with some sections or bays up to 12 metres wide, the New Zealand Transport Agency says.
It has received feedback on the proposal from residents of both Mangere Bridge and Onehunga and spokesman Tommy Parker says that feedback will
the new inform design.
The Old Mangere Bridge has linked Mangere and Onehunga for nearly a century and is to be demolished and replaced with a new structure within the next five years.
The bridge was built in 1915 and has been closed to motor traffic since 1983 when the new motorway was opened.
More than 600 people use the bridge for walking, cycling and fishing on any given day.
But repeated blows from
bridge’s passing ships and general wear and tear mean the bridge will become unsafe not long after its 100th birthday.
The widening of the bridge is one of the most significant changes to the original plan and ‘‘will ensure that people can continue to enjoy to fish from the new bridge and walk and cycle across it safely’’, Mr Parker says.
It will also have a higher clearance above the harbour than the current bridge, which should ensure better boat access.
seat- ing, railings and rubbish bins will also be incorporated into the design.
Design elements that reflect the area’s iwi connections and history are planned but are yet to be confirmed.
The agency has advertised tenders to design the new bridge and a successful tender is expected to be announced in October.
There will be another chance for community feedback early next year when the detailed design for the project is released. Construction will start later in 2014.
Safety issue: The Old Mangere Bridge was built in 1915 and is now popular with walkers, cyclists and fishermen.