Topic: Belt Road Culvert (1912)

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This concrete culvert was constructed over the Mangaotuku Stream in 1912.

Belt Road Culvert 2017

2017 View: By Hamish Crimp

By early 1912, the Belt Road bridge over the Mangaotuki Stream was nearing the end of its life, and on 12 April 1912 it was declared dangerous to all traffic.

A replacement was needed urgently, and plans for a new ferro-concrete culvert were presented to the St Aubyn Town Board by engineer John Skinner at a special meeting held on Wednesday 19th March 1912 - the plans were accepted, and tenders called for its construction later that week.

John Skinner was a pioneer in the use of concrete in bridge construction, and testament to both Skinner's engineering skills and the longevity of concrete, a number of Skinner's bridges are still in daily use across Taranaki. 

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Belt Road Culvert (1912)

City:New Plymouth