Published on 04 May 2022
Huge steel-reinforced beams, each one 20.6m long, 1.1m wide and weighing 26 tonnes, have been lifted into place across Haha/ Limeburner’s Creek.
The beams, manufactured in Tauranga by Preco Ltd, are the latest stage of the $10m bridge widening project which will ease traffic flow in an area that can become clogged with traffic at peak hours.
Port Road between the Port Road/Okara Drive roundabout and Kioreroa Road will become four lanes, with the original bridge carrying two lanes of traffic into Whangārei and the two lanes on the new section of bridge carrying traffic towards the port.
Port Road bridge widening project
The project is on budget, but COVID-19 lockdowns have delayed its completion date from June to late August 2022.
This will coincide with demolition and service relocation work starting in preparation for a $6.7m roundabout at the intersection of Port Road and Kioreroa Road.
The initial work will be in the old fertiliser works land and will have little affect on traffic flows for the next few months.
Around 53 per cent of the roundabout has been funded by Waka Kotahi, the rest by Whangārei ratepayers.