As soon as Auckland emerged from Alert Level 4 lockdown, work recommenced on the Matakana link road. It included the completion of a critical stage of a bridge over a stream and wetlands, close to Matakana Road.
The work saw the installation of 27 “Super T” beams, made of reinforced concrete, placed across three spans of the 80-metre bridge. The 24-metre beams were put in position using a 600-tonne crane – the largest mobile crane in New Zealand.
The beams will form the backbone of the four-lane bridge. As summer approaches, work on the bridge will continue and road pavement work will start.
Despite the delays imposed by Level 4, contractor Wharehine anticipates the link road will be finished before the opening of the Puhoi to Warkworth motorway.