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NEW BRIDGE BUILT

TANGAHOE RIVER SPAN ROADING IMPROVEMENTS The new ferro-conerete bridge spanning the Tangahoe River, south of Hawera, on the main Wanganui-New-Plymouth highway, is now completed. The approaches have been built up to the decking and only the metalling remains to be done. The original bridge was washed away bodily during the heavy floods early last year. At that time a new bridge had already been planned, __ as the original one was only about 2oft. above normal river level. The new bridge is 90ft. above the river. A temporary structure was built soon after the floods, and this. has been in use since then, having withstood a flood which came over the decking. The new bridge, which has cost about £6OOO, has taken 12 months to construct. It' is a single-span structure, with two approach spans at either end. Without the approach walls the bridge is 210 ft. long and is 20ft. between the kerbs, on the decking. The building of the new bridge has necessitated over 65 chains of new road construction. Four dangerous corners have been eliminated and now motorists wilf pass over an easv grade on to the bridge. County traffic is already using the road and bridge and it is expected that, with fine weather the route will be open for all traffic before J tL building of the bridge was not without incident, as a workman fell from scaffolding near the top into the river without being injured. His escape was extraordinary, as the river at normal times is only about 15yds wide. The removal of scaffolding was carried out in a spectacular manner Pine trunks had been used almost throughout for heavy scaffolding, and on the completion of the structuretheywere chopped and sawn near the base. A rope was attached to a lorry and, on the strain being taken, the whole framcwork collapsed on the ground and in the river.

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NEW BRIDGE BUILT, New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIII, Issue 22442, 11 June 1936

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NEW BRIDGE BUILT New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXIII, Issue 22442, 11 June 1936

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