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A road through the Manawatu Gorge was constructed 1871-1872, opening up Manawatu to Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay, and the Upper Gorge bridge replaced the ford in the Manawatu River in 1875. The bridge measured 428 feet in length, and the main span was 162 feet with five side spans of 40 feet and four spans of 16 1/2 feet each. The bridge was built 68 1/2 feet above the river level to negate flood problems. Mr J. Carruthers designed the bridge and H. M. Neil, contractors, completed building 31 May 1875, at a cost of £11,000.

Identification

Object type
Image
Digitisation ID
2011N_Go24_004702
Title
Upper Manawatu Gorge bridge, near Woodville
Held In
Coolstore
Relation
Public Photograph Collection Go 24
Date
circa 1920

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Place
State Highway 3, Woodville

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Tags
1920s,
black and white,
bridge,
gorge,
infrastructure,
manawatu river,
photographs,
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