Upgrading the bridge abutments
‘Abutments’ is the technical name for the area at the ends of a bridge, it is where the structure ends and the deck connects with the ground on either side, marking the bridge’s arrival/ departure points for bridge users.
Abutments help support the bridge, but they’re also a community space for people to sit, relax and enjoy the surrounding landscape, and there’s lots of great features including bench seats and bike racks to encourage this. As a perfect place to pause and cool down on hot summer days, there’s also going to be a water fountain installed on the Māngere Bridge side.
There is a raingarden featured on both sides of the bridge abutments, to help capture and treat rainwater before it enters the Manukau Harbour. The rain gardens help protect the waterway and were included in the design of the bridge to acknowledge our role as kaitiaki for the environment. In a few months’ time, iwi artworks will also be installed at either end of the bridge, and we look forward to sharing more information on these with the community soon.
We’ve integrated salvaged pieces from the Old Māngere Bridge into the landscaping on the Onehunga side to create a link to the past.