Check out these stunning photos (via NZTA) of the first two pieces of the Canada St bridge arriving on site. This gorgeous serpentine structure will be a crucial connection to the revamped Nelson St flyover for bikes and pedestrians.
The bridge has been constructed offsite in seven pieces, which are being delivered to the site and installed in sections over the next month. Dates for delivery and installation are currently listed as 7 -11 September and 22 – 29 September.
If you’re keen to see the first piece lifted into place – and who wouldn’t be! – check here for updates. The work is weather contingent: originally set for Sept 7th, it’s now scheduled to happen on Wednesday night, September 9, after 10pm.
We’d say the best view is probably from the Upper Queen St bridge, and the K Rd bridge at a pinch.
Here’s how it’ll all fit together:
And more details of the structure, from the official press release (for more information on the project www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/nelson-street-cycleway/):
The NZ Transport Agency’s State Highways Manager, Brett Gliddon says the delivery marks a major milestone in the construction of the Canada St Bridge and the wider Nelson Street Cycleway project.
“This is an exciting stage for this joint initiative between the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. The Canada St Bridge will form a crucial part in the Auckland Cycle Network to promote cycling as a safe and convenient mode of transport throughout the city.”
“The pieces, which vary in length from 14 to 42 metres, will be stored on location within the CMJ until they’re installed in stages during a separate operation next month (September).”
When fully erected the Canada St Bridge will span 160m and will weigh 260 tonnes. It will connect Canada St with the old Nelson St off-ramp by crossing the Central Motorway Junction. The Nelson St Cycleway connects the Northwestern Cycleway, Grafton Gully and the waterfront.