Work starts on Westgate Cycle and Pedestrian Bridge.
The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport started construction today on the Westgate pedestrian and cycle bridge over the Northwestern Motorway (State Highway 16) in west Auckland. The bridge will connect Oreil Avenue at Manutewhau Walk reserve to Westgate Drive near the Westgate Shopping Centre and will take approximately one year to complete. The 209 metre long bridge with a 3 metre-wide shared path for pedestrians and cyclists will provide a safer connection between the Manutewhau Walk Reserve in West Harbour and the Westgate Shopping Centre. The Northwestern Motorway currently divides east and west Massey, meaning those on the eastern side have limited access to the new town centre, shopping, schools and community resources. The bridge will remedy this and provide a safer, more accessible connection across the motorway for pedestrians and cyclists. As part of the project, the Manutewhau Walk reserve is being revitalised. While some of the trees in the area were in poor condition and have been, significant new planting will take place. The decision on the location of the bridge took into account the vicinity to housing, technical factors such as gradient and the existing creek. In order to gain the required length, it was necessary to design a curved or ‘wave’ bridge which will connect onto the embankment leading to Oriel Avenue. A steel framework will support the bridge and allow for unobstructed views in the reserve.