THE GRAFTON BRIDGE.
The photographs reproduced above show the present position of the Grafton bridg , . , , the completion of which, owing to the financial embarrassment of the Ferro-C.'om-rete Company, is a matter at present seriously engaging the attention of the City Council. The company has received no progress payment on the work, their agreement with the Council being to complete the bridge and maintain it for six months before being paid anything. Our illustrations show the
■bridge completed as far as the two main piers. There remains the great arch to fill in the intervening space, and towards this most of the woodwork upon which the arch is to be originally constructed is already in place. It is stated that a sum of between £8000 and £10,000 is necessary to complete the bridge. About > year has passed since the work of link■ng up the severed portions of eastern YnckLind at this point was commenced, ml in that time two-thirds of the dislance has been bridged—39s feet on the
! Symonds-strcet end and 221 teti on the Grafton-road end. The work now in progress is the construction of the centring i for the support of the arch rings. In a i couple of months, if work continues at • the present rate, the centring will be , finished, and a month later the arch rings'will be in; and sometime between 'August and September the bridge will be open for traffic. The two great curves : which are to bear the weight of the top I work of the arch will each be 360 feet ' long and will each weigh 1000 tons.
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