The first of the sections of the Canada St Bridge which will form a vital link in Auckland’s inner city cycle network have been successfully transported onto site within the Central Motorway Junction (CMJ).
Two of the seven mammoth sections were moved by truck along State Highway 1 from Pukekohe to the CMJ overnight on Sunday (30 August).
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.
Phase 1 of the Nelson Street Cycleway from Upper Queen Street to Victoria Street West is expected to be completed in December. Phase 2, from Victoria St West to Quay Street and a section on Pitt St, will be open for public consultation in early September. More information is available at www.at.govt.nz(external link).
The Nelson Street Cycleway is being funded through the Urban Cycleway Programme (UCP) and is being jointly delivered by the NZ Transport Agency, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport. The UCP will accelerate key projects over the next three years and help establish cycling as an integral part of Auckland’s transport network. For more information on the project www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/nelson-street-cycleway/(external link)
The following images show the section of the Canada St Bridge being delivered to the CMJ overnight: