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New Zealand Bridge Racks up 10,000 Operations

Whangarei's Te Matau a Pohe rolling bascule bridge on the north island of New Zealand recently reached the significant milestone of 10,000 operations.

Whangarei's councillors, council staff and operating contractors all gathered together for the ceremonial 10,000th lift since its official opening in July 2013. The 10,000 lifts are equivalent to the bridge rolling on its large tracks a total of 125km, or to put it another way: the distance between Whangarei and Auckland!

Te Matau a Pohe in raised position

Photo: Patrick Reynolds

Mayor Sheryl Mai at the 10,000th bridge opening

11,000 vehicles pass over the bridge each day, which also opens and closes an average of six times a day to allow marine vessels to pass.

The Te Matau a Pohe bridge has been a key aspect of the local regeneration. Speaking to New Zealand’s Northern Advocate, Whangarei District Council traffic projects engineer Brendon Tong described the bridge as a "game changer for our district" and the "centre piece of the Hatea Loop" adding "It's something we should celebrate, it's a conspicuous success."

Mayor Sheryl Mai at the 10,000th bridge opening (photo: Michael Cunningham)

Read more about the project here.

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