Finally! Upokongaro cycle bridge launched across Whanganui River

Whanganui’s new Upokongaro Bridge has finally been launched, just hours before New Zealand went into Covid-19 lockdown.

High tide was at noon, the river was low and calm, and conditions were perfect when Emmetts Civil Construction and Crane Services staff put the new and long-awaited foot and cycle bridge across the Whanganui River yesterday.

The 130m long suspension bridge was rolled to the river’s edge on two trucks, lowered onto a pontoon by a crane, and then floated across the river.

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