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This is a list of all 4 bridges from the suspension bridge inventory crossing Retaruke River. Please note that different rivers with the same name will be grouped together. For example, selecting 'Bear Creek' shows bridges across several different Bear Creeks. Also, similarly named rivers are grouped separately. For example, 'River Dee' (UK) bridges are grouped separately from 'Dee River' (Australia) bridges. Wherever you see a "Bridgemeister ID" number you can click it to isolate the bridge on its own page. Click here to go to the list of crossings.
1920 Lacy's
New Zealand (Retaruke River)
Bridgemeister ID:701
1932 Lacy's
New Zealand (Retaruke River)
Bridgemeister ID:740
Principals:Bill Baker
Use:Vehicular (one-lane)
Suspended spans:1
Main span:45.7m
1986 Te Rata (Berryman)
King Country, New Zealand (Retaruke River)
Bridgemeister ID:2097
Principals:New Zealand Army, John Armstrong
Status:Collapsed, March 22, 1994
Main cables:Wire (steel)
  • Collapsed under weight of a light truck driven by Kenneth Richards killing Richards. Built by the New Zealand Army for the Berryman family, the bridge's collapse precipitated a long legal battle between the Berrymans (on whose land the bridge was built), the Occupation Safety and Health Department (suing the Berrymans over Richards' death) and the Army (accused of concealing a report stating the bridge's collapse was partially due to a design flaw).
  • Replaced Hayes - Retaruke, King Country, New Zealand.
Retaruke, King Country, New Zealand (Retaruke River)
Bridgemeister ID:2098
Status:Collapsed, 1982, under weight of sheep
Main cables:Wire
Photo by Stan Jelley

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