Wairau Stream Pedestrian Bridge
The walk from Takapuna to Milford Beach is one of Auckland’s most popular and thanks to a new footbridge, pedestrians can once again cross the Wairau Stream and access the beach side of Milford Reserve.
The new bridge is a welcome relief for the local community, who have had to walk nearly a kilometre extra to reach the reserve since the last bridge was taken down in the 1970’s. A central opening span also keeps marine users happy, enabling safe, uninterrupted passage into and out of Milford Marina.
Brian Perry Civil constructed the new...bridge, using a number of innovations to maximise productivity in the short working windows between tides.
Brian Perry Civil constructed the new 40-metre long and three metre wide bridge, using a number of innovations to maximise productivity in the short working windows between tides:
- Change in pier design from cast insitu to precast – enabling the piers to be prefabricated and installed quickly onsite using a crane.
- Reduction in the number and increase in the size of the deck panels – enabling them to be installed faster.
- Two hydraulic rams raise the central opening section, which is controlled remotely from the ferry terminal and opens on demand from marine users. We rationalised the design of the hydraulic rams, providing significant savings for the client.
With the bridge located just metres from residential properties, extensive stakeholder liaison was required. We planned all our works to minimise disruption and notified residents of anything potentially disruptive.