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General Information

Completion: 1899
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Suspension bridge
Secondary structure(s): Structurae Plus
Function / usage: current use:
Pedestrian bridge (footbridge)
Material: Steel bridge


Location: ,
  • Waiau River
Coordinates: 46° 1' 47.40" S    167° 42' 54.11" E
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Technical Information


span 111.5 m


deck truss timber

Excerpt from Wikipedia

The Clifden Suspension Bridge is a historic suspension bridge near Clifden, New Zealand. Built in 1899, it spans the Waiau River and is 111.5 m long. It is sometimes called the "Iron Bridge."

The bridge has been accessible to pedestrians only since 1978. In April 2010 the bridge was closed to pedestrian traffic due to safety concerns outlined in a report commissioned by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand), the organisation that cares for the bridge. The safety issues were identified after a routine inspection of the bridge after an earthquake the previous year. After repairs, the bridge was re-opened to pedestrians in November 2013.

The bridge, constructed of twenty-seven steel cables attached to concrete pillars (clad to resemble stone pillars), still has its historic wooden decking. It is listed as a Category I Historic Place by Heritage New Zealand.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Clifden Suspension Bridge" and modified on 23 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.



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