The SkyPath uses the leading marine technology composite material which is light and very strong in the form a series of U beams that clip onto the underside of the eastern edge of the bridge with a composite foam core deck. Horizontal composite rods are spaced out across the enclosure to allow viewing and maintaining safety.

Composites are initially more expensive than a comparable steel structure, but make up for this in terms of ease of construction, long life, lower maintenance costs, and weight saving.

Being 4 metres wide, SkyPath has sufficient shared space for walkers, joggers and cyclists with additional 2 metre extensions for six observation decks at the structural piers.

SkyPath will be constructed in modules that have been prefabricated off-site and are placed on the side of the bridge at night to minimise traffic disruption.

140326_Gateway to Skypath

140324_ SkyPath_Observation Platform_Internal View

11 Responses to “Construction”

  1. 9 October 2013

    Mg Win said:

    … skypath is a great innovative idea ! It can create the addtional space for promoting physical activities. Pretty much sure people would love that fantastic new place to work out. Just a couple of thoughts for the skypath are regarding the human safety — how safe will the aluminium mesh be to prevent cyslists,people walking or jogging falling from a great height?? any evidence to prove that beforehand?? Is the contruction model been pretested to ensure the safety of the actively moving people on bridge? any answer that have made known to the public ? should we consider the strength of the 50 years old Auckland harbour bridge after putting another weightsss through heavy construction project ?

    Cheers !

  2. 19 October 2013

    DR said:

    Looks really good! Are there regular air and water flows through the deck? Can it be looked down through? The box girder looks not very aerodynamic. I assume this is part of the original bridge structure? Could synchronous walk/running be mitigated by different length or position attachments parallel to change the resonance of each section, i.e. during a marathon or hikoi/march. Cycling is probably least problematic. safety wise, this fully enclosed area seems much better, but a real shame to block the view even to the sky. What is amazing about the Sydney harbour bridge is the open sky, views across the bridge as well as out from, and the portal areas which this construction page is showing very little detail on. The concrete on the Sydney Harbour bridge lends the feeling of security and the open sky/heights mitigates the feeling of enclosure. I will be interested to try this out when it is finished to see what feelings it evokes in practice and to see how it wears overtime.

  3. 17 January 2014

    Mildred said:

    Where does the skypath start and where does it end? Is there exits to stop off once you’re inside or is there only 1 destination?

  4. 21 January 2014

    Andy Smith said:

    Have a look at the design plans. It starts at Westhaven and finishes at Princes st Northcote or visa versa.

  5. 20 January 2015

    Annette said:

    Just do it – it will be awesome

  6. 3 July 2015

    Guy Cleverly said:

    I was brought up in Northcote in the 1960’s-80’s. I can’t believe that the its taken so long. A bridge should unify humanity unfortunately it seems to have taken so long to realise that unifying doesn’t mean one mode of transport. What a great outcome.

  7. 9 May 2017

    lkdclsdbcls said:

    Woooooo! Great idea!

  8. 11 February 2018

    Geoff said:

    Bicycles lanes and pedestrians must be separated for safety and travel time reasons. No one wants to be hit by a bicycle, as well as no cyclist wants to be constrained to stop every 50m because of a pedestrian taking a picture or not paying attention. Promoting ‘green’ transport modes between the shore and the CBD is a great idea, but safety is a priority. Dedicated lanes, with a physical separation is a must. (see Danish style bike lanes with a curb). Skypath should be designed for both commuters and sportsmen. Lanes should be wide enough to allow families on cruising bikes, or cargo bikes, and experienced cyclists to enjoy their ride, 4m is definitely not enough!
    Travel time savings should be shown to Aucklanders travelling to the shore during rush hours. People need to realize that walking and cycling are real transportation modes, not just leisure activities. Crossing a nice car-free bridge after work to get back home is way nicer than being stuck in the traffic!
    Being a ‘tourist magnet’ is a terrible argument, Skypath should be seen as a decent transport alternative for Auckland region’s commuters AND another transport option for tourists to explore the Northshore for example.

  9. 30 August 2018

    Martin said:

    So far no one has mentioned the tourism opportunities!!
    Visitors to Auckland will be able to hire a bike in the Wynyard quarter, bike over the harbour to Takapuna, relax on the city’s most spectacular beach, now surrounded by great bars and cafes, and then either return the same way or…. bike to Devonport and take the ferry back to town! (bit less sorted here though.)
    It will become a must do for overseas visitors and will rank high in the list of things tourists want to do. What’s not to lie??
    The Skypath will be the same width of London’s Milenniuim Bridge (4 m).
    Critics have raised prospects of over crowding, unruly cyclists . panic events etc. Really? I’ve used the Millennium Bridge many times without ever encountering the sort of anti social behaviour that opponents propose!

  10. 4 May 2019

    Glenn said:

    What is the expected gradient of sky path?

  11. 5 May 2019

    Bevan Woodward said:

    Maximum gradient is 5% (or 2.86 degrees) with 5 observation decks providing space for people stop and take in the views.

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