1963: The Inauguration of a Girder Bridge on New Zealand’s North Island

June 29, 1963

Cobham Bridge in the city of Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island was officially opened. This girder bridge, measuring 470 feet (143.3 meters) in length, carries Cobham Drive over the Waikato River. (Cobham Drive is part of State Highway 1, the longest route in New Zealand’s road network.)

Those on hand for the dedication ceremony for Cobham Bridge included Denis Rogers, mayor of Hamilton; and Shirley Lois Adams-Scheider, whose husband Lancelot Raymond Adams-Schneider was serving at the time as the member of the New Zealand Parliament for Hamilton. A plaque commemorating the inauguration of the bridge was installed at the southern end of the structure.

Photo Credit: Johnragla (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on Cobham Bridge in Hamilton, please check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobham_Bridge

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