The new bridge over State Highway 36 that is about to open, will be lit up with the colour kikorangi (blue). Tauranga City Council consulted with mana whenua, Ngāi Tamarawaho in choosing blue – representing safety and a sentiment of welcome to all travellers passing the bridge, either when leaving or arriving into the city.
67.5 meters of LED lights, that automatically switch on and off by a daylight sensor, have been installed on the steel truss of the overbridge structure. These lights have a lifespan of more than ten years.
The new bridge will allow people walking and biking between The Lakes and Tauranga Crossing to cross over the state highway safely. The overbridge, jointly funded by the NZ Transport Agency and Tauranga City Council, was lifted into position last month and will connect to the existing bike/walking paths. Council is working on the finishing touches of the bridge for it to open for use. This will be in the next couple of weeks, depending on the weather.