Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Te Matau a Pohe to lift at noon every day

Te Matau a Pohe to lift at noon every day

Anyone wishing to see Whangarei’s new bridge Te Matau a Pohe raised and lowered will be able to do so at noon every day from now on.

“It’s unique shape and operating system is attracting attention from overseas visitors, domestic visitors and locals alike, so we decided to ensure there was one lift every day that anyone could watch, either on the bridge or from the shore,” said WDC Infrastructure and Services Group Manager Simon Weston.

“It is quite dramatic when the loud warning is announced that the bridge is going to be lifted, the siren sounds, the barriers come down and the lights start to flash. It is only when you are on the bridge or on a vessel passing through the gap that you actually realise how big it is and how gracefully it moves.”

Mr Weston said the bridge has received two awards at a national level now, has been nominated for another and for two British awards. It has also appeared in a number of industry magazines and in the recent Kia car advertisement on television.

It was commended in the 2014 New Zealand Concrete Society Awards Infrastructure Award and was highly commended in the Roading New Zealand Road Excellence Awards -- Z Excellence Award for a Major Project (greater than $25m). It was being considered for the New Zealand Master Builders Commercial Project Award (results yet to be announced), the Building Magazine International Project of the Year (results yet to be announced) and the United Kingdom Civic Trust Award (results to be announced in March).

It has also featured in the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand magazine, Bridge Design and Engineering Magazine, and several industry blogs.

Background to bridge lifts

It takes about 5 to 7 minutes for the bridge to go through the full cycle (open and close) and the intention is to do that every day at noon.

The bridge is not lifted at all during peak traffic the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm.

The rest of the time it is lifted by request from marine traffic between the flowing hours

Operating hours
Summer
Weekdays 8:45am to 4:00pm and 5:30pm to 8:00pm (excludes the 7:15 to 8:45am and 4:00 to 5:30pm peak traffic periods)
Summer
Weekends 6:00am to 9:00pm


Winter weekdays
8:45am to 4:00pm
Winter weekends
8:00am to 6:00pm

Response time
Vessels waiting can tie to the Marina Pontoons at each side of the bridge. During normal hours we would have a target response time of 5 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that a skipper makes their request.
Outside of normal operating hours the service would be on-call with a target response time of 30 minutes for the bridge to be opened from the time that they make their request.

Outside of normal operating hours skippers would be encouraged to ‘book’ a time for the bridge to open. Where a booking is made, the target response time shall be within 5 minutes of the time of their booking (subject to the vessel arriving on time).

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news