Harbour Bridge Damage implications

By now I’m sure most have seen the news about the Auckland Harbour Bridge being damaged after a 127 km/h gust of wind blew over two trucks, including one that hit a load-bearing upright strut on the superstructure. As is always the case these days it seems, it was even caught on camera.…
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Weekly Roundup – 18-Sep-20

Here is our weekly roundup CRL Station Construction ramping up Works on construction of the Karangahape Rd Station are getting serious with the temporary access shaft nearing completion and mining of the stations 217m long platforms as well as the connecting passageways due to start in a few weeks Meanwhile further north at Aotea, the first section of roof across the Albert/Wellesley intersection has been poured.…
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Mind That Child

Image Credit: De Cafe Racer In the last few years, child-friendly transport improvements have been made in many cities around the world. Parents, communities and councils, sharing the common desire to nurture children, and give them the best start in life, have found many stepwise – and sometimes radical – ways to make streets healthy and safe for kids.…
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Truckers: Fix the roads

Truckers, the AA and other business lobby groups are calling on the government to put more money into road maintenance, and I agree with them. It also makes a nice difference from normal of them continually calling for expensive new highways.…
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Innovating Streets Round 2 Outcomes

On Friday, Waka Kotahi NZTA announced an additional $10.1 million for their Innovating Streets pilot which aims to encourage and support tactical urbanism ideas with the NZTA covering 90% of the costs of the projects supported. It comes on the back of $13.95 million for it announced back in June which itself was about twice the initial expected budget and highlights just how popular the idea is with councils around the country.…
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Death, Taxes …… and highways

It is said that nothing in this world is certain, except for death and taxes. But according to Waka Kotahi NZTA, that saying needs to also include motorway widening. Yesterday Stuff reported: The Ministry for the Environment advised the Government not to fast-track the upgrade of State Highway 1, because it could increase carbon emissions.…
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The things we should be copying from Sweden

With the re-emergence of COVID-19 in NZ we’ve once again seen some commentators calling for us to follow the Swedish model of letting the virus into the community in a bid for herd immunity. This has come about despite all the evidence so far pointing to them having achieved worse health and economic outcomes than those that have taken a more cautious approach, such as their neighbours and of course us.…
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Conserving Aggregate

Road building delayed because governments ‘fail to plan for quarries’ This was the title of a Stuff article last month by Wayne Scott, the chief executive officer of the Aggregate & Quarry Association (AQA). He said: politicians of all persuasions have paid only lip service to ensuring the rock, stone and sand which form the foundation for all infrastructure can actually be provided… Transmission Gully’s delays and cost blowouts are the latest example.…
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Weekly Roundup – 14-Aug-20

It was already shaping up as a hectic week for news even before we had the COVID results on Tuesday night. Here’s our wrap up of some of the things that caught my attention. The Great Rail Network Slowdown I’ll be writing about this more in the coming days but in case you haven’t seen, it turns out Auckland’s rail network is in much worse case than thought and around 100km of tracks needs new rails or other maintenance work done on them.…
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