Before/after: The reimagining of Auckland’s Harbour Bridge

The New Zealand Transport Agency has unveiled its design for a walking and biking pathway across Auckland Harbour Bridge. The path is similar to the design of the existing bridge shape, level with the roadway and five metres in width. But this is no new idea – as early as 1946, the Royal Commission proposed a harbour crossing with a ‘footpath and cycle-track’ included. This idea was not picked up, and the Auckland Harbour Bridge opened in 1959 to accommodate just cars after four years of construction. Sixty years later, this walking and cycling track may finally come to fruition.

The Auckland Harbour bridge under construction in 1958. Credit: Whites Aviation, held in the Alexander Turnbull Library and shared on Wikipedia.

The Auckland Harbour Bridge in present day. Credit: Shutterstock.

Artist’s impression of the proposed pathway across Auckland Harbour bridge. Credit: New Zealand Transport Agency.

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