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Where functionality meets fine art - New Plymouth's Te Rewa Rewa pedestrian/cycle bridge is an impressive illustration of innovative local engineering.
The tied arch bridge has a clear span of almost 70 metres and is part of the award-winning New Plymouth Coastal Walkway.
Spanning the Waiwhakaiho River, its iconic form represents the sacred relationship between the land, sea and wind with the Ngati Tawhirikura tribe.
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge opened on June 5, 2010 as part of the extension of the Coastal Walkway, making possible a 12.7 kilometre off-road route for cycling, walking, running, skateboarding and rollerblading. This trail leads from Ngamotu Beach in the west through to Bell Block beach in the east.
The bridge has quickly become a proud piece of Taranaki with a couple of international awards already to its name:
- Aesthetics Medium-Span Winner (for bridges with spans between 30 metres and 75 metres).
- Arthur G. Hayden Medal (for a single recent outstanding achievement in bridge engineering demonstrating innovation in special use bridges such as pedestrian, people-mover, or non-traditional structures).
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