Bailey Bridge, Wairoa

Production date
14 Nov 1989
Current rights
All Rights Reserved

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About this object
The image features people walking and cycling across the temporary Bailey Bridge built to the west of the new Wairoa bridge before construction. The Wairoa bridge was damaged during Cyclone Bola in March 1988.

The Ferry Hotel can be seen in the top left hand corner in North Clyde on Carroll Street.
Production period
Production technique
Media/Materials description
colour negative
Measurements
Height x Width: 35 x 115mm
Classification terms
Subject period
Subject date
14 Nov 1989
Current rights
Caption
Collection of Hawke’s Bay Museums Trust, Ruawharo Tā-ū-rangi, B/1989/11/14/23
Credit line
gifted by the Daily Telegraph
Other number(s)
B/1989/11/14/23, 91951

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Actually it is the temporary Bailey Bridge built to the west of the new bridge before construction, which needed replacing - disappeared downstream in the flooded river. As well as joining the two sides they needed an urgent water pipe as well, as the supply south of the main bridge supplied the rest of the town. The pipe was broken with the bridge disappearing. The new bridge went onto the old realignment just downstream to the right of the Norfolk Pines in the top righthand corner. The Ferry Hotel can be seen in the top lefthand corner in North Clyde on Carroll Street. River Parade follows the river to the main highway to the right. The Queen opened the new bridge. One life was lost in the construction of this bridge.

- Alva

Posted on 17-05-2020 04:37:22