Port Road Bridge widening

  • Project typeTransport and roading
  • Project value$10m
  • Project scheduleJuly 2021 - April 2022
  • Contractor nameUnited Civil Construction
  • Completion Date30 April 2022
Port Road Bridge shown in 2021.

A $10m project to widen the Port Road Bridge across Hāhā Creek / Limeburners Creek will construct a new two lane bridge on the northern side of the existing bridge.

The existing bridge will also stay in use when the new bridge is opened, resulting in Port Road being four-lanes wide from the Okara roundabout (by Cobham Oval) to the Kioreroa Road intersection. This is expected to greatly improve normal traffic flow to the Whangarei Port area and destinations to the south of the city.

Eastbound traffic heading towards the port would cross the new bridge and westbound traffic heading towards the city would cross the old bridge. 

The new bridge will also include a shared path for pedestrian and cyclists to safely cross Hāhā Creek / Limeburners Creek without needing to use the road.

The bridge will form part of a future shared path down Port Road.

Location

Port Road Bridge is between the Port Road intersections at Okara Drive and Kioreroa Road.

Port Road area shown from above.

 

 Illustration showing top-down view of the new Port Road Bridge.

Illustration showing Port Road Bridge cross-section. This work is being funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) as part of the government’s “shovel ready” Covid-19 stimulus funding. As part of this funding agreement, we are targeting more than 60% of the work to be undertaken by local companies and are encouraging supplier diversity.

The new bridge will be higher than the old bridge to protect it against sea-level rise and flooding due to storm events.

Further upgrades to Port Road

We are also seeking $6m from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to enable the upgrade of the Port Road / Kioreroa Road intersection. Should this funding be approved, the intersection upgrade would immediately follow the bridge widening project, and could be completed in early 2023. The layout and design of the intersection upgrade is still to be determined.

Location

Port Road, Whangārei 0110  View Map

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