Excellent progress is being made on the shared path. A recent milestone was the St Jude Street bridge lift. This bridge crosses a small gully.
If you were up bright and early on Saturday morning last Labour Weekend, you may have been one of those lucky enough to watch the smooth operation of lifting an 18-tonne bridge over a railway and into place.
The crane team set up from the wee hours and the rest of the team arrived on site around 6.30am to get prepared. With everything working in the team's favour, the bridge lift itself happened just after 9am and now sits snugly on its cushion pads awaiting the connections either side and the finishing touches. With the bridge in its final location there was a huge sigh of relief from the team as everything fits in perfectly.
The 2.9km New Lynn to Avondale Shared Path follows the rail line from New Lynn Station through green spaces to just east of Blockhouse Bay Road. The shared path will cost $44.3m. Funding for the project comes from local funding, the Whau Local Board, and the Government through the Urban Cycleways Programme.
The expected completion date is late 2021.