Crane set to place final beams on the Waikanae River Bridge


The final two spans of beams are being lifted and placed on the Waikanae River Bridge over the next two weeks as part of the Mackays to Peka Peka (M2PP) Expressway.

To make sure the public are safe, the shared path on the northern side of Waikanae River will be closed at the project site from 7.30am on Monday 30 May for five days. The northern path will reopen at 6pm on Friday 3 June.

This will be the last chance for locals to catch the crane in action, so river path users who are interested in seeing the beams being placed will be able to watch from the southern river path, which will remain open.

Once these two final spans are in place, the 400 tonne crawler crane’s job on the M2PP Expressway will be complete and it’ll be packed up and move on to its next job.

When its job is done, the crane will have lifted and placed approximately 9500 tonnes of bridge materials between the Waikanae River and Te Moana Road bridges.

The 180 metre long Waikanae River Bridge will be the largest structure on the Expressway. It’s designed to withstand 100 year floods and 1-in-2500-year earthquakes.

The $630 million Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway will improve road safety, reduce travel times, and reduce congestion on local roads. More information about the project is available on the M2PP website(external link).