|Tauranga Harbour Bridge|
|Locale||Tauranga City, New Zealand|
The Tauranga Harbour Bridge is a Four-Lane Motorway Bridge over the Tauranga Harbour that connects Mt Maunganui to Tauranga CBD, in Tauranga City, New Zealand. The bridge is part of Hewletts Road Causeway and Dive Crescent. It is the fourth longest road bridge in New Zealand.
The Bridge was originally constructed and built on the 13 March 1988. It was used as a Toll Road right up until the last tolls were taken on the 22nd July 2001. It had two lanes and provided a much needed alternative means of transport between Mt Maunganui and the City. The new bridge will have four lanes, two heading into the CBD and two heading out into Mount Maunganui.
The Bridge is currently under construction to widen the bridge from two lanes to four lanes. This will therefore solve Tauranga's long-time traffic problems, making it easier to get into the city without getting stuck in traffic jams. The construction work initially began in early 2007, and has continued for two years and is currently ahead of schedule and due for completion by Christmas time 2009.