Westgate Cycle Bridge
Eye on Auckland’s collection of cycle and pedestrian bridges is growing. First we showed you the arty Clarks Lane Bridge and then we introduced you to the graceful Point Resolution Bridge. We love them all but we find the new Westgate Bridge to be the most fun, it looks and feels like a roller-coaster.
The bridge is a motorway overbridge crossing the Northwestern Motorway at Westgate. Construction began in late 2012 and was completed in January 2013. The 3m wide bridge caters for both pedestrians and cyclists, as well as mobility-impaired users. It was designed and built by Jasmax architects, Aurecon Consulting Engineers and HEB Construction, and cost approximately $6 million.
The initial bridge works included work in the Manutewhau Walk Reserve on the eastern side of the bridge, including replacing pine trees with native trees. Initially, the main function is to provide a west-east connection for the local area, though in the long run, it is intended to link into a future extension of the Northwestern Cycleway up to the bridge.