Construction began in November 2009
on access to new burial areas being developed at Manukau Memorial Gardens.
The existing eastern block is reaching full capacity and internal access is needed to ensure continuity of burial services. Works included a bridge across the Waokauri Creek to link the eastern and western sections of the cemetery, supporting roads, street lighting and a new entranceway to the western block.
Designed by Aurecon, the bridge features two 3-metre wide traffic lanes and pedestrian walkways. The walkways will sit outside the arch structure which will provide a protective barrier for pedestrians.
Downer EDI Works Limited used two large cranes to lift the major components of the tied steel arch bridge into place. The $3 million bridge and associated roads project will provide safe access to additional burial areas on the western boundary of the gardens. Work was completed in late 2010.