New bridge across the motorway at Pescara Point
Foundations are now being built for the landmark bridge that will cross the Southern Motorway, connecting Pescara Point (Hingaia) to Pahurehure Esplanade Reserve.
Earthworks have been finished on the western approach to the bridge in the Pescara Point Reserve. A loop ramp has been formed in the existing motorway bank that will link the bridge with the new shared use path being built alongside the motorway. The loop will provide a smooth path up onto the bridge and over the motorway.
Large concrete footings have been put in place for temporary support towers that will be used to help assemble the three spans of the bridge as they arrive on site. After construction the centre support will be removed and two permanent support columns will take the weight of the finished bridge.
On the eastern side of the motorway, walls have been installed to protect two large pylons that support the high voltage overhead power lines. The team has begun work on the eastern approach retaining walls, which will allow pedestrians access to the bridge from the Pahurehure esplanade reserve walkway and Rushgreen Avenue.
Work will continue on the eastern approach during July, in preparation for the bridge spans to start being installed in August.
The full bridge structure should become visible to motorists in September.