Drone footage showing the form and function of New Zealand’s only rolling bascule bridge has been released.
The Lower Hatea River Crossing is part of a 20-year road improvement project, which started in 1996 and is now near completion.
Contractor McConnell Dowell-Transfield JV and structural engineering consultant Peters & Cheung are delivering the project for the Whangarei District Council.
The 265m long and 17m wide structure – called Te Matau ā Pohe or “The Fishhook of Pohe” – was designed by Knight Architects and reflects the local culture of Whangarei.
The bascule section is made entirely from steel, while the deck is composite steel and concrete, and the support piers have been constructed using in-situ concrete.
“We are bridge specialists but also bridge enthusiasts and having the opportunity to work on a bridge typology that is relatively rare was an exciting and enjoyable challenge,” said Knight Architects director Martin Knight.
The bridge directly links Whangarei’s Town Basin and William Fraser Memorial Park areas, allowing faster connection to Whangarei Airport.