Lower Hatea Te Matau a Pohe Bascule Bridge
The Te Matau a Pohe Rolling Bascule bridge, formally known as Lower Hatea River crossing, is a lift bridge located within the city of Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand. The crossing provides an alternative option for traffic travelling around the city, helping to ease congestion. The bridge is the only operational one of its kind in New Zealand and one of a very few for road traffic in the world.
Whangarei, New Zealand
Whangerai District Council
In Partnership with
McConnell Dowell, Peters & Cheung, Knight Architects, Transfield Services, McRaes, McKays
Powered by a sophisticated hydraulic system, the bridge comprises of a 265m long viaduct with a 25m lifting span to allow yachts to pass and more than 1.5km of approach road. The bridge has a clear height of 7.5m above high water at the central span meaning that most vessels are able to pass underneath without the bridge being raised. The moving deck is lifted by a pair of hydraulic cylinders which have a bore of 320mm, a rod of 280mm diameter, a stroke travel of 8380mm and a weight of 8 tonnes each.