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Topic # 112920 27-Dec-2012 14:14 Send private message

The bridge is partly closed for "annual maintenance" again.

The two northbound clip-on lanes are closed for resurfacing.

A year ago, the bridge was also partly closed for "annual maintenance' and it was also the two northbound clip-on lanes that were due for resurfacing.

Seems odd. Why do those lanes need annual resurfacing while the rest of the bridge seems to need nothing?

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  Reply # 737708 27-Dec-2012 14:46 Send private message

I have heard rumors that the designers of the bridge wouldn't set foot on it if you paid them. Not sure if it is true or not. I haven't heard of any major failures.

A quick google surfaces a lot of results regarding upgrades to prevent catastrophic failure. Again...Not sure how accurate this is.

From 2009: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10550379





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  Reply # 737712 27-Dec-2012 14:54 Send private message

Check out the NZTA website, perfectly plausable explaination there. 

This time of year it is easier for them to shut down the lanes. 

You will also note that quite often during the year the other lanes are closed overnight for surfacing work. 



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  Reply # 737713 27-Dec-2012 14:56 Send private message

Maybe Talent2 designed the maintenance schedule software?

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  Reply # 737722 27-Dec-2012 15:29 Send private message

DravidDavid: I have heard rumors that the designers of the bridge wouldn't set foot on it if you paid them. Not sure if it is true or not. I haven't heard of any major failures.

A quick google surfaces a lot of results regarding upgrades to prevent catastrophic failure. Again...Not sure how accurate this is.

From 2009: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10550379


The way I read that is that the bridge is fine as it is, Trucks on clip on lanes do not help and anyone that wants to build anything extra onto the bridge is off their rocker.

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  Reply # 737732 27-Dec-2012 16:11 Send private message

According to TVNZ news, the clip-on lanes have a steel base and require a special synthetic seal. This is stripped off annually back to the bare steel and resurfaced.

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  Reply # 737794 27-Dec-2012 19:16 Send private message

allan: According to TVNZ news, the clip-on lanes have a steel base and require a special synthetic seal. This is stripped off annually back to the bare steel and resurfaced.


Surprized that they haven't put the toll booths back to pay for this constant work..




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  Reply # 737833 27-Dec-2012 21:25 Send private message

Is it safe to cross?




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  Reply # 737834 27-Dec-2012 21:29 Send private message

Of course not.....but that's part of the thrill

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  Reply # 737835 27-Dec-2012 21:31 Send private message

Shindig: Is it safe to cross?

No way, the Nipon Clipon's are doomed to fall into the sea at any moment. They are not even attached to the rest of the bridge, they just hang out there.




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  Reply # 737852 27-Dec-2012 22:08 Send private message

allan: According to TVNZ news, the clip-on lanes have a steel base and require a special synthetic seal. This is stripped off annually back to the bare steel and resurfaced.


It is not seal they have to strip off, it is hot glue and silicon. They have to re-glue the clipons to the bridge periodically otherwise the self tapping screws would have too much load on them and fail. They did use good quality stainless self tappers though so at least they don't rust out so fast any more.

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  Reply # 738018 28-Dec-2012 12:23 Send private message

I heard they are cleaning the velcro

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  Reply # 738025 28-Dec-2012 12:43 Send private message

TheUngeek: I heard they are cleaning the velcro


I heard suction cups.... like those cheap ones you get with your GPS units that always seem to want to come off..

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  Reply # 738065 28-Dec-2012 15:49 Send private message

I jumped into my time machine, and went into the future a few years and took this photo. This is how the bridge will look in a few years time from now.

http://images.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/c077e780da893410fd6260e54512ed83.jpg

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  Reply # 738072 28-Dec-2012 16:23 Send private message

Hiamie: I jumped into my time machine, and went into the future a few years and took this photo. This is how the bridge will look in a few years time from now.

http://images.geekzone.co.nz/imagessubs/c077e780da893410fd6260e54512ed83.jpg


Yeehar!

I do hope they upgrade the lane changer.... It may need more speed!

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  Reply # 738090 28-Dec-2012 17:10 Send private message

My understanding is that the northbound lanes require more maintenance because trucks are heavier travelling north. No really they are. They pick up from the ports, head north to deliver their load then come back empty.

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