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FINAL SPAN ENTERED UPON. The Grafton bridge construction work has been brought to an interesting stage by the completion of the temporary wooden structure which is to aid in the erection of the huge ferro-concrete arches across the Cemetery Gully. A Herald representative was one of the first to cross the gully on the temporary bridge, which is, of course, intended only for the use of workmen. A representative of the Ferroconcrete Company of Australasia stated yesterday that the new bridge will in all" probability be" open to pedestrians about the end of November, and to vehicular traffic by the end of the year. This will just" bring it within the contract time of two years, although further, time will be allowed for extras, such as the additional span of 43ft at the hospital end of the bridge. The middle span across the deepest part of the gully, 320 ft in length, and the largest ferro-concrete span in the world, is now in course of construction. The framework of the large arch-wings on either side has been placed in position, ready to receive the concrete, which work will be done within the next three weeks. Two thrust plates have been laid on the mends-street side, and those at the opposite end of the bridge will be concreted in to-day. About 60 men are on the work, and the contract is being facilitated to the fullest extent. The great amount of work entailed in the erection of a ■ ferro-concrete bridge is illustrated to some extent by the fact that before the construction of the concrete pillars and arches can be carried out, a temporary wooden structure has to be built, to bear the full weight of the concrete. In this case, the temporary bridge is capable of carrying 5000 or 5000 tons, although the weight of the archwings will only be about 1000 tons. The bridge already presents an imposing appearance.

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THE GRAFTON BRIDGE., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14083, 10 June 1909

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THE GRAFTON BRIDGE. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVI, Issue 14083, 10 June 1909

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