Twisty quake bridge gone

The battered Medway St footbridge on Avonside Drive was removed today

Free audio stream, including stories that are padlocked on our site. Listen on any device, anywhere. Updated twice daily. The audio stream takes several seconds to start on Android devices.

Launch Radio player

The twisty bridge in Christchurch’s red zone was removed today.

The Medway St footbridge on Avonside Drive will now be taken to Ferrymead Heritage Park, where it will be stored and may later be used as a memorial to the earthquakes. 

It stood as a testimony to the power of the quakes that ravaged the region during 2011.

They caused lateral spread and riverbanks that squashed structures like bridges.

Many residents wanted the bridge to remain where it is as a memorial.

But others want to wipe out such memories and see the removal of the bridge as a milestone to recovery.

They have an ally in the risk-averse city council which prioritised funding to remove the footbridge – but beware the potholes and roller coaster rises in footpaths and roads in the east of the city that pose risk to the unwary.

The council cites an online survey as justification for the bridge's removal.


This article is tagged with the following keywords. Find out more about MyNBR Tags

Comments & Questions

Commenter icon key: Subscriber Verified

Post New comment or question

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

NZ Market Snapshot

Forex

Sym Price Change
USD 0.7633 0.0009 0.12%
AUD 0.9705 0.0015 0.15%
EUR 0.7019 0.0007 0.10%
GBP 0.5015 0.0005 0.10%
HKD 5.9156 0.0067 0.11%
JPY 90.8960 0.0720 0.08%

Commods

Commodity Price Change Time
Gold Index 1179.0 -14.680 2015-04-24T00:
Oil Brent 65.3 1.460 2015-04-24T00:
Oil Nymex 57.1 -0.480 2015-04-24T00:
Silver Index 15.6 -0.190 2015-04-24T00:

Indices

Symbol Open High Last %
NZX 50 5765.4 5790.5 5765.4 0.27%
NASDAQ 5104.4 5119.8 5092.1 -0.63%
DAX 11881.2 12050.7 11810.9 1.93%
DJI 18097.9 18175.6 18080.1 -0.23%
FTSE 7070.7 7122.7 7070.7 0.47%
HKSE 28448.2 28480.9 28433.6 -0.49%
NI225 20068.7 20133.8 19983.3 0.55%