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OFFICIAL OPENING TO-DAY. CEREMONY BY PRIME MINISTER. The official opening of the bridge over the Mokau River, on the main south highway to Taranaki and Wellington, is to take place at noon to-day. The ceremony will be performed by the Prime Minister, Mr. Coates, under whose regime arĀ» Minister , of Public Works the construction of the bridge was authorised. The Hon. K. S. Wdliams, Minister of Public Works, will also be present as well as reprsi>entatives of Taranaki and King Country local bodies, the chambers of commerce and the automobile associations. Following the opening of the bridge, the settlers will provide luncheon in the local hall. l - " Motorists who have made use of the bridge during the short period it has been unofficially available testify to its great service in materially lessening the time on the road, and in eliminating the inconvenience caused by the ferry which carried the traffic for many years. Even in the short time the bridge has been open the old punt with its antiquated asthmatic petrol engine has become but a memory, a pleasant memory when time was no object and the river was calm but something vastly different when the water was rough and the tide was low. Built in 11 spans, the main structure is 670 ft. in length, the total bridge length including the approaches . being * 1396 ft. The superstructure is of steel with reinforced concrete decking. In the centre of the bridge is a lifting span of 62ft. 6in. which, when fully raised, gives a clearance of 60ft. at high water with a fairway allowing the passage of vessels up to 50ft. beam. The lifting span is controlled by a one-man winch. The bridge is of single traffic width but there is space on either side of the central span to allow of the passing of vehicles and also to provide parking space when the span is raised.

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MOKAU RIVER BRIDGE., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19822, 17 December 1927

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MOKAU RIVER BRIDGE. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19822, 17 December 1927