SH36 to be closed while new bridge is installed

The new bridge ahead of the installation. Image: Supplied.

A new overbridge being built at Tauriko will create a safe travel option for people who are walking and biking between The Lakes and the Tauranga Crossing shopping complex.

The 34m long bridge will be lifted into position this week over SH36, completing an essential pedestrian link between The Lakes residential area and Tauriko business estate.

The bridge has been jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council and is due to open in May.

A section of SH36 will be closed overnight this Wednesday April 3, while the bridge is being lifted into place. The state highway will be closed between Lakes Boulevard and Kennedy Road from 7.30pm Wednesday April 3 until 5.30am Thursday April 4.

Detours will be will sign-posted. Alternatively, if rain and wind are too heavy, the work will be done on Friday April 5.

Following the bridge lift is a month of finishing work including minor earthworks, landscaping, fencing and installation of street furniture. The bridge is due to open mid-May.

This work follows the installation of the Wharepaewaka overbridge that was built last year over SH29 Takitimu Drive, connecting Bethlehem and Gate Pa.

Tauranga City Council’s acting general manager of infrastructure, Martin Parkes says this new bridge is a significant addition to Tauranga’s transport network.

“It’s a stunning bridge in this fast growing part of our city. It creates a safe connection for walkers and people on bikes between parts of the city that were previously disconnected.”

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Posted on 03-04-2019 08:58 | By Told you


What About Us?

Posted on 02-04-2019 22:24 | By Ady

So $4.2million spent on an extremely over engineered pedestrian bridge when there is already an underpass but what about the forgotten subdivision the other end? Those of us living in Awataha have to negotiate the Kennedy road roundabout and highway and paths that lead to dead ends. When are we going to get a safe crossing?

Its only motorists money.

Posted on 02-04-2019 18:26 | By Cynical Me

Most of the money is stolen from the motorist via NZTA. The councils share doesn’t include a targeted rate at the users. Oh no. Wasters will always be wasters.

Bollocks Mr Parkes

Posted on 02-04-2019 10:24 | By Murray.Guy

Smillions spent where there ARE existing safe options! How about investing in SAFE OPTIONS for the commuting cyclist, the school children, how about investing our money in a Park and Ride’ facilities at The Lakes, Baypark, Te Puna. How about the ’recreational cyclists needs be put on the back burner’ until we prioritise valid ’road user needs’?