A bridge for Pukeahu?

While I still can’t understand why Pukeahu was built the way it was (should have continued in a trench closer to the Terrace Tunnel and made a heap more pedestrian space), I feel that a bridge linking Pukeahu with the footpath and strip of land opposite Taranaki St would be awesome.

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Looking toward Taranaki Street from Pukeahu. The potential for a people bridge connecting Pukeahu with Cuba Street

The bridge would add to the super-wide footpath by bringing actual pedestrians to said footpath. The curb could be made higher to exclude vehicle noise, and the whole strip turned into a park with more of a wild feel than the current “nature band-aids” that currently reside in the middle of the morose footpath.

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Looking from Cuba Street side of Taranaki St. The land to the left is owned by NZTA, and is more than wide enough for a bridge. The strip could be turned into a small park, and vehicle noise damped-out with a wall.

Sadly, I know NZTA, there is no money for frivalties like footpaths and parks let alone bridges or pedestrians – no-one walks these days – its all about the car. Anyway, if there was any money for such a project, it would be spent making fake poppies in the Arras Tunnel and in the courts appealing the Basin Flyover project!

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