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Opawa River Bridge

Bridgepixing the Opawa River Bridge, Blenheim, South Island, New Zealand.


This 1917 bridge was the first reinforced concrete bowstring arch bridge in New Zealand. Its eight 21.3 m arch spans appear heavy when compared with those of the 1930s when this form found considerable favour. (Source - Bridging the Gap: Early Bridges in New Zealand 1830-1939 by Geoffrey Thornton)


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Blenheim is a town in Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. It has a population of 29,700. The area which surrounds the town is well known as a centre of New Zealand's wine industry. It enjoys one of New Zealand’s sunniest climates, with hot, relatively dry summers and crisp winters. (Wikipedia)


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Taken on January 7, 2009