Most bridges were constructed for long-term transport of goods or people. But some were intended for a shorter life – this wooden viaduct in Southland was built so logs could be removed from what is now the Waitutu State Forest. Despite this, the Percy Burn viaduct has been restored and still served a purpose in 2009 – as a crossing for trampers on the Hump Ridge Track. At 36 metres high and 125 metres long, it is said to be the highest surviving wooden viaduct in the world.
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