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Bailey bridges during the 2023 cyclone recovery


An explanation of Bailey bridges

13 May 2023

When a bridge is washed away, one of the fastest ways of replacing it is with a Bailey bridge. These temporary bridges are like giant kitsets, which can be packaged up and sent where they need to go—and it takes a skilled team to put them together.

A beginner's guide to Bailey bridges

8 March 2023

Bailey bridges are installed in some places where existing bridges have been damaged or washed away. A Bailey bridge is a prefabricated single-lane bridge that can be installed relatively quickly—anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Drone vision of the SH35 Hikuwai River Bailey bridge

14 June 2023

A temporary 85-metre-long Bailey bridge was built across the Hikuwai River on SH35 to replace the bridge that was destroyed during Cyclone Gabrielle.

Timelapse vision of SH35 Hikuwai River Bailey bridge construction

9 June 2023

Timelapse vision showing construction of a temporary Bailey bridge across the Hikuwai River on SH35.

A bird’s eye of SH2 Waikare Gorge Bailey bridge

13 May 2023

This drone vision shows the damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle to the existing bridge at Waikare Gorge on State Highway 2, and the temporary Bailey bridge that was built to replace it.

Bailey bridge installation timelapse - Danseys Pass, Waitaki District – 23 to 27 July 2013

24 Oct 2013

Bridge 66 carrying Danseys Pass Road over the Maerewhenua River was lost during flooding in June 2013. A temporary Bailey bridge was installed in July 2013.

SH6 Waiho River bridge timelapse – 1 to 13 April 2019

15 April 2019

Timelapse vision showing construction of a Bailey bridge across the Waiho River on SH6.