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NZ Govt awards $38M bridge building contract

The New Zealand transport agency has awarded the $38 million contract to replace the Old Māngere Bridge, with construction to start before the end of the year.

The New Zealand transport agency has awarded the $38 million contract to replace the Old Māngere Bridge, with construction to start before the end of the year.

McConnell Dowell won the contract to replace the bridge, which is more than 100 years old and closed for public safety reasons in 2018.

It will be demolished and removed, replaced by a new 300-metre-long bridge that features a central 60 metre span in structural steel with nine approach spans in reinforced concrete.

The new bridge will have an eight-metre-wide deck, that expands up to 12 metres wide in some placed, to allow for fishing bays, bench seating, deck lighting, handrails and other safety features.

NZ Transport Agency’s Senior Manager Project Delivery, Andrew Thackwray, said the bridge will restore important community connections and create a stunning new vision across the Harbour.

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“The new bridge which was consented in 2016 represents the Transport Agency’s commitment to creating a safer and more accessible transport network as well as building spaces that are attractive and safe for people to sit, gather and walk and cycle,” he said.

“As well as being a space for the community to enjoy the Manukau Harbour, the new bridge is an important link to the broader cycle network connecting South Auckland to the rest of Auckland and the wider public transport network.”

The replacement bridge will provide six and a half metres of clearance for boats to pass underneath and provide recreation space for the community.

McConnell Dowell Managing Director for New Zealand and Pacific, Fraser Wyllie, welcomed the announcement.

“McConnell Dowell has a strong track record of delivering iconic and multi-award-winning bridges such as the Waitaki River Bridges, Lower Hatea River Crossing, SH1 Russley Road’s Memorial Road Bridge, and Kawarau Falls Bridge,” he said.

“We look forward to working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency to deliver the communities of Māngere Bridge and Onehunga an iconic bridge.”

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