The existing bridge is over 100 years old and as expected with a structure this old, the bridge is continuing to deteriorate. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council have been working closely to replace the old bridge with a safer and high quality bridge that will continue to serve the local communities using it.
Over the years, we've received valuable feedback from the community which has helped to shape the design and layout of the new bridge.
- 2012 - 2014: Design and community consultation
- 2016: Consents lodged with Auckland Council
- Early 2016: Council hearing and appeals process
- Mid 2016: Consents granted from Auckland Council
- Construction start on hold.
There is no confirmed start date for this project, with construction put on hold whilst discussions are progressed with Auckland Council and the local community on the future plans for the area as part of the East-West Link project.
Some of the key features of the bridge have been refined as a result of community feedback. The bridge design includes:
- at least 8 metres wide – and up to 12 metres in some bays to enable fishing activities
- new structure curving towards the motorway bridge
- high enough for small boats to pass underneath
- wider span to allow some form of opening for larger boats in the future
- constructed next to the old bridge using the same abutments – but further away from the port
- reflecting the area’s history and values into the design – two artists are developing this through art
- improved lighting,and new railings to improve safety.