Viaduct Bridge Starts Soon


Construction of Wynyard Crossing – the pedestrian and cycle bridge that will connect the Viaduct to the Wynyard Quarter- will start shortly.

This can happen now a tender has been chosen.

Auckland City Council’s development committee approved Brian Perry Civil as the successful tenderer  with a tender of $2,510,808 plus a $300,000 contingency.

A resource consent has been granted by the ARC.    NZTA has confirmed funding of $703,000 towards the project.

The Wynyard Crossing is an interim bridge seen by the council as a cost effective, quick connection across Viaduct Harbour for pedestrians and cyclist only.

This link has always been an important part of the plan to make more of the waterfront easily accessible.

As a lifting bridge, it will maintain good quality access in and out of the harbour for marine users.

The bridge is a joint venture between Auckland Regional Holdings and Auckland City Council.

It will be open next April.

The temporary bridge will not be strong enough for the planned Viaduct heritage trams to use.

Wynyard Quarter undergoes a transformaiton

Work to redevelop the area began in May this year along Jellicoe Street.
Jellicoe Street is being transformed into a generous pedestrian-friendly boulevard, planted with trees and able to cater for market stalls and street entertainment.
The street will connect North Wharf Promenade at the water’s edge with restaurants, bars and retail spaces and a tree-lined boulevard to the Auckland Fish Market and the Quarter beyond.
To the west, Jellicoe Street will open to Silo Park where the existing storage silos and a new gantry will be look-out locations. Silo Park will cater for events, on and off the water, and includes spaces for superyacht refits and commissioning.
To the east, Jellicoe Street will open onto a public open space next to the water and forecourt to the Viaduct Events Centre. This ‘Gateway Plaza’ will greet visitors as they enter the Quarter from The Wynyard Crossing and will feature places to relax, a multifunctional pavilion and areas for small watercraft to land.




  1. urbanlocal says:

    Still seems like a fair bit of money for a bridge that will not do everything that we would like it to do.

  2. Roger says:

    I agree. There was considerable interest in the competition to design the new crossing. One of the requirements was that the structure included public transit. There were some stunningly great ideas but the construction was put on hold.

    Soon we will have half a bridge.What a complete waste of money! Somewhere in the world is a village missing an idiot.

  3. Carl says:

    $2.5m for a bridge that doesn’t really do anything & $120k for a clock that will be useless this time next year….

    not sure where they get “super” city from. Should be changed to “consume & waste at a rapid rate, city”

  4. karl says:

    “$2.5m for a bridge that doesn’t really do anything”

    Yeez, what an attitude. Pedestrians & cyclists really are counted as “nothing” in this city.

    The bridge will serve us well for a couple years, and the alternative would have been either a pared-down crappy PERMANENT design now, or one of the more grandiose designs now, and even more cuts in footpath maintenance and so on elsewhere to pay for it - the design wasn’t proceeded with after all because of two things a) the Global Financial Crisis and b) Banks “affordable progress” (i.e. reduce rates increases, cut expenses, increase Council debt severalfold).

    So I think this is a good compromise. A good PT link across this route will be useful, but not immediately crucial, as one can detour a little bit to get to Waynyard Quarter by bus. A good walking and cycling link is much more crucial in the short run.

    Also, the bridge design was to my knowledge designed so as to be re-usable. So maybe in the future, it could be re-used, for example on the Manukau Harbour, when they replace/refurbish the Old Mangere Bridge.


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