Saltwater Creek Bridge Replacement

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Footbridge re-opened 16 September 2019

The new footbridge over Saltwater Creek is now open. There’s still some work to do around the site, so access onto QEII Drive is closed for now, but you can cross the bridge from the Maitai Pathway and connect through to the Marina and Haven Road shared path using the underpass.

Thanks for your patience, the new bridge looks great, so it’s been worth the wait. We'll let you know once the site is fully re-opened.

Saltwater Creek Bridge in place Aug 2019

19 August 2019 - new bridge installed

The new bridge was successfully lifted into place using two cranes on Monday 19 August. The old bridge was removed on the same day.  Please remember that some construction work is needed now that the bridge is in place before it can be opened for use. This is expected to take up to three weeks so access across the bridge will be available again in mid-September.  There is detour signage in place and you can see the suggested route below. 


August 2019

The existing footbridge is currently scheduled to be removed on Monday 19 August. The new bridge, which is now on-site,  will be craned into place on the same day. However, more construction work is needed before the new bridge can be opened for use. This is expected to take up to three weeks so access across the bridge will be closed from Monday 19 August until mid-September. The best detour route is shown below. 

Saltwater Creek Footbridge detour

July 2019

You can now keep eye on the action on site via this time-lapse footage.

End of May 2019

Good progress continues as the approach to the replacement footbridge takes shape.

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May 2019

Work continues to progress well onsite. For now, the detours outlined below remain in place. Thanks for your patience.

Saltwater creek work in progress April 2019


Saltwater Creek latest design Nov 2017

Update 12 April 2019

As construction progresses on the bridge replacement, a detour for pedestrians and cyclists is now in place, See the diagram below for details. Thanks for your patience while we carry out this work.

 Saltwater Creek Bridge replacement Diversion

Update 21 March 2019

The contractor will be setting up on site from next week with work starting from 1 April. As the new bridge will be located slightly upstream of the current bridge can remain in use when possible to keep the normal path route open.

There will be work happening on both sides of the Creek and there will only be minor disruption to traffic on the state highway when equipment is going in and out of the north-side work area.

While the bridge, underpass and footpath network will remain open when possible, please be aware there will be times when temporary footpath closures and detours are needed.  

Update March 2019

Construction of the replacement bridge is due to start in April 2019, with completion expected in July 2019. We'll keep you posted with exact dates and any closures on the route once these details are confirmed.

Update December 2018

The contract to construct the replacement bridge has now been let. The successful tenderer was Edifice Contracts Limited, a Levin-based company, specialising in pedestrian bridges. A timeframe for construction is expected in February so more details will be available then. 

Update October 2018

Following the evaluation of tenders for the project, Works and Infrastructure Committee has recommended to Council that a further $300,000 be made available for the project to allow it to proceed. Provided this funding is approved the tender will be awarded to the preferred tenderer. We'll advise on construction timeframes once this process is complete. 


Council has a long-term goal of improving the connections from the city to the sea. Another step in this process is the replacement of the existing narrow Saltwater Creek Bridge, connecting the Maitai River Walkway with the QEII bridge underpass. 

This project has been in the planning stages for some time. A design option has now been selected, as shown in the image above. The structure is to be Glulam timber and uses themes found elsewhere along the Maitai River to tie it in.

There will also be a waka theme incorporated which will reflect a waka prow sculpture that is proposed for the nearby landing site. However, the bridge will be understated so as not to cause a possible distraction for motorists on the State Highway.  

The bridge will be 3 metres wide to cater for cyclists as well as pedestrians and will form an improved link between the CBD and the waterfront once the new Haven Rd walking and cycling improvements are completed. 

Saltwater Creek Bridge side elevation

Side elevation

Saltwater Creek Bridge end elevations

End view

Saltwater Creek Bridge cross section

Cross section

Saltwater Creek Bridge 3D elevation

3D view