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Victoria Bridge under construction; 1103

Victoria Bridge under construction; 1103
Victoria Bridge under construction
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Taken in 1907 this shows the arch of the Victoria Bridge nearing completion with the addition of the centre sections. It was erected by building out from each bank over the river, without scaffolding, until connecting in centre. The anchorages at the banks were then slackened off, allowing the full weight of the bridge to settle on the arch, making the structure rigid. This was a pioneer work for New Zealand. The total length is 462 feet (140.8 m) and 17 feet wide. The decking was six inch thick heart totara which was tarred and sanded.

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