New look for the new bridge
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.
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.