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Government announces $685 million cycling and walking bridge for Auckland's Waitematā Harbour

Caroline Williams Reporter from Auckland Stuff

Kia ora koutou. A new bridge costing $685 million is to be built for walkers and cyclists crossing Auckland’s Waitematā Harbour.

It is hoped construction can begin mid-2022, in a plan unveiled just five days after cycling lobbyists broke through a police barrier and rode over the existing Harbour Bridge, demanding action.

Transport Minister Michael Wood said once begun, the new structure is expected to take five years to complete, and work will continue on interim use of existing harbour bridge lanes for cycling and walking.

“A stand-alone structure is the safest option that will not only provide a walking and cycling option for commuters but creates an outstanding piece of tourism infrastructure,” said Wood.

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