New bridge will beam over SH36

The below video is a timelapse of when the bridge was first lifted into place. Supplied photo. Video by Daniel Hines/SunLive.

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The new bridge over State Highway 36 that is about to open, will be lit up with the colour blue.

Tauranga City Council consulted with mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarawaho in choosing blue – representing safety and a sentiment of welcome to all travellers passing the bridge, either when leaving or arriving into the city.

A Taruanga City Council spokesperson says 67.5 meters of LED lights, that automatically switch on and off by a daylight sensor, have been installed on the steel truss of the overbridge structure.

"These lights have a lifespan of more than 10 years.

"The new bridge will allow people walking and biking between The Lakes and Tauranga Crossing to cross over the state highway safely."

The overbridge, jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council, was lifted into position last month and will connect to the existing bike/walking paths.

"Council is working on the finishing touches of the bridge for it to open for use. This will be in the next couple of weeks, depending on the weather."

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Not bad..

Posted on 07-06-2019 15:45 | By

In all honesty, this bridge is pretty cool if you take it as it is. Very futuristic. Sure TCC could have used the money for other things but this has a valuable use in it’s own right. As for the above first comment that asks "what next when I get to BP?", there is literally a crossing with traffic lights a bit further up. Sometimes I wish people would just look at things with a better attitude.


Posted on 07-06-2019 09:25 | By

can council tell me and my young children what we do when we get to the other side by the BP service station as far as crossing over to the shops?That area is far more dangerous than crossing the highway .Such a massive waste of money and it will be a miracle if you see anyone using it .


Posted on 06-06-2019 06:00 | By surfsup

Tauranga City Council consulted with mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarawaho. For some reason the consultation process was not offered to the rest of the rate-payers who have ended up footing the bill. Could somebody from the council please explain how the process works as they are supposed to represent all of the ratepayers .

Good Grief ....

Posted on 05-06-2019 17:02 | By Maryfaith

....... what a frivolous waste of money !! I would have thought the new CEO would have put an end to this waste. Seems not!

Bridge Lights

Posted on 05-06-2019 14:25 | By

What is the cost of these pretty lights?