Story: Bridges and tunnels

Hutt estuary bridge (3rd of 3)

Hutt estuary bridge

This impressive beam bridge, which crosses the Hutt River just before it enters Wellington Harbour, was New Zealand’s first pre-stressed concrete bridge. It used pre-cast concrete beams, each 32 metres long and weighing 40 tonnes. The bridge opened in 1954.

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Jock Phillips, 'Bridges and tunnels - Types of bridges', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2021)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010