A pipe-dream coming true…

Existing Bridge…because the Devonport-Takapuna “Green Route” path will soon get a new walking / cycling bridge to carry you across the bay north from Bayswater.

This very long, and VERY narrow footbridge sits atop a large utility pipe, and barely has enough width for moms with strollers, let alone for cyclists wanting to pass pedestrians at a polite distance. Location Bridge

The new bridge will make encounters a bit more relaxed, as it will provide 2.5m width. There will also be works on the approach paths, and a wider viewing platform in the middle of the span, so you can gaze over the Waitemata.

Soul Environments and BECA designed the new bridge for Auckland Council, and it will be constructed over three months this winter above the existing pipe.

Future Bridge - Copyright: Soul EnvironmentsThe only real downside is that since they have to remove the old bridge first to build the new one above the pipe, there will be no connection across for that period – a foreshore detour route will be provided, but it stands to be seen how useful that will be for cyclists in the interim.

At least you will know what to look forward to!

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.Future Cross-Section - Copyright: BECA

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