Manukau City Council has awarded Fulton Hogan Ltd the contract to build the $6.3 million Ormiston Rd bridge, the cable-stayed traffic bridge which will be a gateway to Flat Bush. (Illustration is a computer-generated image).
The bridge between Chapel & Murphy Rds has been designed to lift the road above the 100-year flood plain and will provide a pedestrian link through the new 94ha Barry Curtis Park.
Transport committee chairman Alf Filipaina said: “The awarding of this contract is a crucial part of the extensive roading, pedestrian & cycling improvements that are already under way in Flat Bush and will result in significant benefits for all road users in the area.”
Beca Infrastructure Ltd & Moller Architects designed the 70m-long steel box-girder bridge, which will be suspended from 46m-high concrete pylons. It will be 27m wide, with 4 traffic lanes, 2 cycle lanes & footpaths on both sides.
Construction is due to begin on 1 October for completion by February 2008, when Ormiston Rd will reopen.
Construction was delayed while Watercare completed some work and for Land Transport NZ to confirm funding. The contract also includes $6 million for upgrading of Ormiston Rd to create 4 traffic lanes from Chapel Rd, with signalised intersections at the town centre & Chapel Rd. Land Transport NZ will pay almost half the total project cost.
About Flat Bush
Flat Bush, covering 1700ha, is New Zealand’s largest planned development. It’s intended to contain 15,000 homes and to house more than 40,000 people by 2020.
The development will include a new town centre with retail, office & community facilities, a 94ha park catering for a range of sporting & recreation needs, a range of housing options, up to 7 new schools including a new secondary school, cycle- & pedestrian-friendly streets and access to public transport services. At least one quarter of the area will remain as green open space.
Manukau City Council is guiding the overall design & development to ensure that people, places & the environment are given as much emphasis as the economic considerations that drive private development.
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.