Admire the view — from a distance
The NZTA last week described Taipa’s two-lane bridge location as a “tight site”, adjacent to the intersection of Oruru Rd and SH10, and not the safest place to be.
“It is critical to the safety of all that no one stands on the carriageway of Oruru Rd, the Taipa bridge and SH10 on the east side to observe or photograph project works,” Barbara Ware said.
“Please discuss pedestrian safety with wha¯nau and family, in particular children.
“To ensure the safety of all, on occasion the site traffic management crew will stop vehicles for short periods to allow moving plant [mainly trucks] to access this works site. Thank you for your patience,” she added.
“The site traffic team report that drivers are generally observing the speed limits through the site. Thank you, and please continue to do so.”
Meanwhile, the piling of temporary staging from which the new two-lane bridge will be constructed had begun on
"It is critical to the safety of all that no one stands on the carriageway of Oruru Rd, the Taipa bridge and SH10 on the east side to observe or photograph project works." Barbara Ware,
NZTA communications and stakeholder manager
the east side of the river. The first abutment piles had been poured, while on the other side potholing and topsoil stripping had been carried out under the supervision of the project archaeologist.
Site access had been established, the platform was being built up, and estuarine mud was now being removed.
Construction would continue across the winter months and into next summer.
A bird’s eye view of progress on Taipa’s new bridge.