30 March 2010

Waiwhakaiho Update

Roughly a year ago, I discussed Novare Design's proposed footbridge in New Zealand. It's a 69m span bridge, part of an extension to New Plymouth's coastal walkway. The steel bowstring arch spans diagonally across the span, resulting in a rather unusual appearance for the structure.

Now, the bridge is getting closer to completion, with the main structure having been installed in mid-February in an operation that must have given a few locals cause to wonder exactly what they were seeing (all photos are courtesy of Novare Design).

The 83m long superstructure was ferried for 1.5km, with the final stage seeing one end sitting on two excavator bases coupled together, and winched across the river.

I think it looks pretty good, and it will be nice to see the finished structure.

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