New look for the new bridge

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The new two-lane bridge on SH10 over the Taipa¯ River will have a dis­tinc­tive, very lo­cal look, cour­tesy of waka hou­rua pan­els, de­signed in con­sul­ta­tion be­tween the NZ Trans­port Agency and hapu¯, along with com­mu­nity feed­back, which was shared with the de­sign team at three pub­lic in­for­ma­tion days.

The de­sign ac­knowl­edged Taipa¯ as the site of Kupe’s first land­ing, a NZTA spokesman said, and wishes all who trav­elled over the bridge a safe jour­ney.

The waka tauihu (prow) end pan­els are fac­ing in the di­rec­tion of Cable Bay to wel­come vis­i­tors to Taipa¯ and fur­ther north, and there are tau­rapa (stern) end pan­els on the Taipa¯ town­ship side of the bridge,” he said.

“The whale and bird moulded carv­ings on these con­crete pan­els are sym­bolic of nav­i­ga­tional tools that were used by the early ex­plor­ers.” Mean­while the bridge­was tak­ing shape, with all four road spans, each com­pris­ing nine beams, now in place. The re­main­ing eight beams, which sup­port the shared path on the north­ern side of the bridge, were about to ar­rive, and would be stored on­site un­til the ex­ist­ing bridge was dis­man­tled next year. Ve­hi­cle and pedes­trian ac­cess would be main­tained across the river through all stages.

The new bridge would be 107m long with three piers in the water, com­pared with six sup­port­ing the ex­ist­ing one-lane bridge.

The 2.5m-wide shared path for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists would be sep­a­rated from the road by V-GAN alu­minum bar­ri­ers, while a view­ing plat­form would also be built on the down­stream side.

PIC­TURE / NZTA

An artist’s im­pres­sion of what the new Taipa¯ bridge will look like, NZTA say­ing land­scap­ing and carved de­tail on the waka pan­els will vary from what is de­picted.

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