Clip-on extends bridge width
The first section of clip-on frame is attached to the Pukete Bridge with the aid of a crane yesterday.
The clip-on is due to be completed by Christmas and is one of the more challenging aspects of Hamilton's ring-road project.
During leadup work, engineers scanned and mapped the bridge to ensure drilling avoided the reinforced steel and post-tensioning tendons.
The clip-on will be attached in sections and carry a pedestrian and cycle path, enabling the existing bridge to have four 3.1-metre-wide traffic lanes.
Yellow and blue panels will be fixed to pedestrian handrails on the bridge clip-on, symbolising kowhai flowers and the sky.
Widening the bridge to four lanes is designed to allow it to cope with projected traffic-flow increase. About 20,000 vehicles use the bridge daily.
Eastbound traffic on Wairere Dr between the Pukete intersection and the bridge will continue as one lane until the clip-on installation and bridge four-lane work is complete.