Northwestern motorway a shining light for iwi artwork

Publish Date : 22 Sep 2016
Northwestern motorway a shining light for iwi artwork

Artistic lighting has been switched on this week across the new Te Atatu Road pedestrian overbridge.

The bridge has been upgraded as part of the NZ Transport Agency's improvements to the State Highway 16 Interchange.

Reuben Kirkwood's design

The NZTA asked Te Kawerau a Maki iwi designer Reuben Kirkwood to incorporate a cultural perspective into the look of the new interchange.

"The taniko pattern which is based on a Māori weaving design has been a really popular feature of the new cycling and pedestrian underpasses and it's great we can now include it in a way that people using the motorway can enjoy too" says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency's Auckland Highway Manager. 

"As well as improving safety and access we're really pleased we've been able to create a great looking section of the motorway network."

132 coloured LED light panels sit inside the bridge's metal balustrade and will light up the pattern for motorists heading westbound on the motorway at night.

The lighting will usually be coloured blue or green to tie in with the noise walls along the motorway.

Te Atatu Interchange upgrade

The Te Atatu Interchange upgrade was formally opened by the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges in May this year. It raised and widened the Te Atatu Road overbridge and upgraded onramps and exits, as well as widening a section of motorway, extending bus shoulder lanes and enhancing cycling and pedestrian facilities.

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