Iconic $33 million Auckland NZ Skypath will retrofit old bridge for pedestrians

Note from Storm: The Auckland Harbour Bridge is an 8-lane box truss automobile bridge over the Waitemata Harbour. The bridge is operated by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), and is the 2nd-longest road bridge in New Zealand (1,020 m (3,348 ft) long, with a main span of 243.8 m, rising 43.27 m above high water).

The urban planners and highway engineers responsible for the bridge have long been criticized for not including pedestrian, cycling, and rail in the design. Now, the walking and biking aspects of that oversight are finally being corrected.

From the article: The Auckland (New Zealand) SkyPath cycleway and walkway over the 1950’s-ear Harbour Bridge has been approved.

The resource consent was granted on July 3, 2015, Auckland Council announced.

It means the $33m public-private partnership can go ahead, and could be built as early as 2016.Auckland’s SkyPath cycleway and walkway over the harbour bridge has been approved.

It means the $33m public-private partnership can go ahead, and could be built as early as 2016.

Generation Zero spokesman Sudhvir Singh said SkyPath would be an iconic addition to the city, as well as a key transport link. “This is another sign of Auckland learning from the planning mistakes of the past and recognising the huge demand for walking and cycling.

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