Te Ara Tika Updates
The half-size basketball court has been created within the space bordered by and beneath the signature, spiral ramp components of the overhead bridge. The spiral is symbolic of the railway activities over which the bridge crosses, in particular the train turntable that is still used to turn stream trains 180 degrees ready for return journeys back to place of origin.
The court has been constructed from a high spec, small grain aggregate to achieve the required shape and construction standards for an active playing surface. That together with the painted surface have been designed to reduce the risk of abrasion injuries. The painted surface is a durable, hard wearing epoxy acrylic product designed to handle the rigours of this activity and location.
The colour scheme draws from the seasonal shades of the natural environment - the green of the surrounding hills, and the orange of the autumn, exotic trees. The court pattern is resemblant of the weave “Koeaea”, found on the bridge deck at the top of Rora St stairs. The court surrounds have been landscaped using local limestone boulders, sedges and seating using recycled hardwood timber from the original bridge. The court links through to the skatepark to ensure smooth transition between the facilities. Under-bridge lighting provides public safety on and around the court area.
20 November 2021
13 November 2021:
12 August 2021:
18 July 2021:
An important milestone on the Te Ara Tika Bridge project kick started today with a 220 tonne large crane arriving onsite. The two main span bridge beams, complete with balustrades, will be lifted into position onto the tops of the central columns, either side and central across the railway tracks over the next two days.
On Monday, rail protection and traction control will be set up and managed by KiwiRail (who will be monitoring the operation throughout). It will end with demobilisation of the large cranes from Carroll Street side and re-established on the Rora St side ahead of Monday’s lifting operations. The large crane will operate from the Rora St side and will lift the bridge ramps into position between the new main beams and the Rora Street landing. This is scheduled for between 8 am and 3pm.
This is a carefully planned exercise, as part of a much bigger project, with safety considerations central to that.
The installation of the remaining bridge beams is scheduled to take place during the first week of August once earthworks and surfacing of the new basketball half-court have been completed.
12 July 2021:
Current programme is to start lifting beams into position on top of columns on Sunday morning, 18 July. The two main-span, prestressed concrete beams will be installed first, above the railway tracks, using a large, 220t crane. The crane will then be shifted to Rora St side from where all the ramp slabs on that side will be lifted into position the next day, Monday 19 July.
The remaining ramp slabs forming the spiral will be craned into position once work on the basketball half-court and surrounds beneath the beam has been completed. Currently scheduled for 3 August 2021.
5 June 2021:
The next major stage will see precast concrete bridge beams and ramps moved into position on top of the columns, using large cranes. The assembly work has started, with the lifting of most of the beams happening from mid to late June.
20 May 2021:
Work on Stage 2 of the Te Ara Tika project will commence on Monday 24 May 2021. Most of the work will centre on and around the area immediately to the north of the skatepark with linkages between the two. Due to health and safety considerations, it will be necessary to close the skatepark during the construction period, until further notice.
The work will comprise construction of a basketball half-court, lighting, planting and landscaping, carpark resurfacing, footpaths, picnic areas and seating.
18 December 2020: We're ready to begin work
19 November 2020: Overbridge construction to begin in New Year