Cranes over Cambridge

The wastewater pipe bridge was swung into place last Tuesday, with five of New Zealand’s biggest cranes on hand for the job. Photo – Michael Jeans.

Some of New Zealand’s biggest cranes have been operating in town to install the brand new wastewater pipe bridge.

Cambridge wastewater from houses north of the Waikato River is piped across to the Waipā District Council treatment plant in Leamington. The pipe is now at full capacity and needs to be upgraded to meet projected growth.  At the same time, the pipe bridge by the Gaslight Theatre is also being replaced with a new bridge brought up from Napier. Work on the project began early this year and the foundations and groundwork for the bridge replacement are now complete.  Five cranes, including one massive 400-tonne crane, were at the site as the new pipe bridge was swung into place on Tuesday.

The big cranes will be more likely to be operating on still days, as some work cannot be undertaken in windy conditions, and are likely to be onsite until late November. Once secure, the old bridge and pipe will be removed. The whole project, including the upgrade of the wastewater pipe, is due to be completed by mid-December.

Workers needed a still day to get the bridge into position. Photo – Michael Jeans.

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