Tuesday, August 17, 2010

My world Tuesday: Giant Transport machine



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I received an email in school warning of a closure of Newmarket Viaduct's southbound motorway lanes early next month.

I was not alone, sports clubs, schools and churches are among scores of organisations being blitzed by an email campaign by Transport Agency.

"No, this is not a hoax," says a message on the Transport Agency's website, in reaction to inquiries from some disbelieving email recipients about the closure of one of New Zealand's busiest motorway arteries for up to 36 hours from 5pm on Saturday, September 4.

This machine which I saw on my way south in April drew my attention. My friend asked why I took the photo. It is an 800-tonne piece of equipment on to the existing southbound carriageway, which will be demolished to make way for a new northbound structure.

That machine is the giant blue lifting gantry that has dominated the Newmarket skyline since the beginning of this year, and which will be moved by its own power generator on large metal sliding beams, from on top of the new southbound structure it has just finished building.

13 comments:

ladyfi said...

What a huge and amazing thing to see on the road!

BraCom (Bram) said...

Wow very huge. Do you know what it is?

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eileeninmd said...

It is a huge machine, road closures can be such a pain sometimes. I guess we all learn new ways and some patience.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Amazing is the word!

Indrani said...

That is really huge.
Great capture.

Gwendolyn L said...

Interesting story and great photo. Progress.........oh the price. Thanks for sharing.

jabblog said...

It's unbelievable that something that size can actually move. I hope the road closure won't be too disruptive.
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Reader Wil said...

Wow! I have never seen such a big machine!
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Sylvia K said...

That is one HUGE machine! Great shot, Ann! Hope your week is off to a good start! Enjoy!

Sylvia

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Ginny said...

Good grief! I'm glad you got that picture. But what is it's purpose, what does it do? Lift things somehow?

Cheryl said...

I am amazed by this machine! Its huge! I too would have taken a photo of such a big machine.

SandyCarlson said...

What is possible with all this equipment just plain amazes me.