NZTA and the Council have decided the Old Mangere Bridge needs to be replaced and there is public consultation on the options now open for feedback. More detail here:
Recent reports indicate that the bridge has a five to ten year lifespan so it’s important the bridge is replaced as soon as possible. The bridge is also very costly to maintain so replacement sooner rather than later is going to be the most cost effective, long-term solution.
The bridge forms a vital part of the Regional Cycling Network and we are committed to retaining the current walking and cycling connection that the bridge provides. We are also committed to retaining the bridge’s current access for fishing.
In collaboration with key stakeholders, including community representatives, some broad design elements have been set to help guide the consultation process:
The new bridge will:
- be approximately six metres wide to accommodate pedestrians, cyclists and fishing activity
- have safe entry and exit points for cyclists and other users
- include sufficient lighting
- have clear sight lines so people can easily see what is around and in front of them as they cross the bridge
- be in the same general location as the current bridge
- be at a safe distance from the Port of Onehunga
- retain the old bridge’s navigational aids for boats
- allow for boat access underneath it.
The old bridge is actually fairly well used by pedestrians, cyclists and for those fishing (although I don’t know how keen I’d be to eat something caught in that part of the Manukau Harbour!) It’s a shame that the structure itself will need replacing as we lose much of its heritage, but I guess pieces of infrastructure like that do eventually wear out.
Send in your feedback so NZTA can better understand how the community currently uses the Old Mangere Bridge, and how the community would like to use the replacement bridge in the future. There are also open days on August 11 and 12.