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The Auckland Harbour Bridge is nicknamed 'the coathanger' due to its shape when viewed from side-on. It is an eight-lane box truss motorway bridge over the Waitemata Harbour, joining St Marys Bay in Auckland with Northcote in North Shore City. It is just over a kilometre in length. It was completed in April 1959. The bridge was originally built with four lanes for traffic. Owing to the rapid expansion of suburbs on the North Shore and increasing traffic levels it was soon necessary to increase the capacity of the bridge - by 1965, the annual use was about 10 million vehicles, three times the original forecast. In 1969, only ten years after opening, two-lane box girder clip-on sections were added to each side, doubling the number of lanes to eight. The sections were manufactured by Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries of Japan, which led to the nickname 'Nippon clip-ons'.

The original four lanes and the two clip-on lanes on either side can be clearly seen in this front-on photo which I took whilst standing on a park seat in Point Erin Park.

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