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.
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.
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!