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In Your Face

Blue

Blue

You can’t overlook it in its blue glory: going south along Richardson Road, the intersection with Stoddard Road is dominated by this shade of blue, and then you realise, it is the “Dental Square” (SDS for Stoddard Dental Square). Make a statement!

Te Whitinga (The Crossing)

Te Whitinga (The Crossing)

Te Whitinga (The Crossing)

Te Whitinga (The Crossing) is the name of this new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists. It connects Kukuwai Park and Alan Wood Reserve and will be opened soon. It spans State Highway 20 and the Oakley Creek.

We showed different views at earlier stages of construction here and here.

The Orange Band

Hendon Footbridge

Hendon Footbridge

The arch of the Hendon footbridge has graced this blog before. But now the bridge is hung, and orange netting shows nicely how the bridge crosses under the single arch.

The bridge was constructed in the context of the extension of State Highway 20. A number of local amenities had to be relocated — now the Albert Eden and Whau Local Boards are looking for new names for the playing fields, and bridges that lie in the corridor.

Numbered

Leftovers

Leftovers

Last time I showed a picture of State Highway 20 near Maioro Street, we had some large numbers (concrete panels for the lining of the tunnel). The tunnel is finished and the tunnel boring machine has been packed up to be shipped back to its maker (Herrenknecht). Lots of leftovers are parcelled up on this stretch of motorway, to be auctioned off. Some of the stuff looks brand new – or else tarted up for disposal.

19,468 … 19,469 … …

19,468 ... 19,469 ... ...

19,468 … 19,469 … …

These are precast segments of the lining of the tunnel of State Highway 20, currently under construction. Each is 2 metres wide, weighs about 10 ton and 10 of them form a ring supporting the 14 metres wide tunnel. In all, about 24,000 of them have been cast in a purpose-built facility in East Tamaki, and here they wait at the southern tunnel approach to be transported to the Tunnel Boring Machine (called Alice). You will, of course, have done some fast and furious mental arithmetic, figuring that this yields about 2.4km of double tunnel.

(The segments arrive by road in sets of three, carefully numbered.)

You can watch a video of the casting process here.

As far as the eye can see

As far as the eye can see

The King!

930 Dominion Road

930 Dominion Road

A bit worse for wear, admittedly, but unmistakable. Here he stands with the back against the wall — but on occasions he ventures out on the footpath. Dominion Road at its best.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba are an Auckland group playing and dancing African Rhythms. Energy and joy, here at the International Cultural Festival in Mount Roskill. Sample them online!

Another day — another festival. So it seems. Apart from the Titirangi Festival and Titirangi Market, there was a big International Cultural Festival at Mount Roskill War Memorial Park.

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Mhara Marimba

Appreciative Audience

Appreciative Audience

Guardians

Guardians

Guardians

These carved posts protect you along the cycleway at Puketapapa – Mount Roskill.

Traffic Marshall

Traffic Marshall

Traffic Marshall

Sentry box complete with letterbox. Controlling the construction site traffic at State Highway 20. Overnight, as I was sound asleep, the first oversize pieces of the big TBM (“Tunnel Boring Machine”) named “Alice” should have made their way to this spot, with more to follow over the next week. The monster of 14m diameter and nearly 100m length will then be assembled, tunnelling to start in October.

(Hmmm, seems that nothing at all happened last night, the move being postponed for tonight, and Sunday.)

Mount Roskill Bridge

Mount Roskill Bridge

Mount Roskill Bridge

This bridge, with long access ramps for pedestrians and cyclists connects Mount Roskill Grammar School and Keith Hay Park, crossing Somerset Road and State Highway 20.

Mount Roskill Bridge

Mount Roskill Bridge

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