NEW Zealand firm Eastbridge is building a 112m-long bridge destined for the Highlands.
General manager Andre van Heerden said work began on the fabricated steel bridge at the company’s plant in Napier in November.
It is due to be shipped to PNG in hundreds of pieces in April.
Mr van Heerden said it would be the largest “freespan” bridge – meaning it will not have supporting columns – the company had ever assembled.
He described it as a major contract for the firm, which has 40 employees, and exports bridges to the South Pacific and South-East Asia.
It will be used to carry vehicles over a river in the remote Highlands.
The contract, with a large multi-national company, was worth NZ$4 million.
Eastbridge had also recently completed a 450m bridge, part of the Taupo eastern arterial road at Wairakei, north of Taupo in New Zealand’s North Island. – www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz