Inspire : Public Works Jan Feb 2014
27 The mountainous landscape surrounding Queenstown proved challenging for the trail design and constr uction team, particularly because of the requirement to work within the strict 10 per cent maximum incline requirement for a grade-two cycle trail. The trail follows three major rivers and involved constr ucting two 20m-span timber 'glulam' [glued laminated timber] bridges, and two suspension bridges with spans of 65m and 80m. The bridges were designed by the Frame Group of Auckland, which specialises in the design of lightweight timber suspension bridges. The trail also uses two historic suspension bridges, including the famous Kawarau Suspension Bridge -- home of the world’s frst commercial bungy jump. TRACKING DATA Visitor monitoring is an essential tool to gauge track usage for performance reporting and maintenance. Given the complex nature of the trail, 10 electronic trail-use counters have been deployed to monitor use. Data gathered from the on-site customer sur vey is used to identify typical ride patterns, enabling the development of a model to estimate the number of unique journeys made on the trail. A wayfnding plan was also implemented consistently across the trail. Str uctures for entrance- ways and road crossing points were designed in keeping with Queenstown's landscape and delivered on safety, wayfnding, maintenance access, and maintaining a barrier-free trail. Wayfnding is also supported by the use of a smartphone app called My Par x. Uploading the GPS plot and complying geo- tagged information to the app enables trail riders to follow their progress and pick up geo-located information on history and activities along the trail. Of the total project cost of $5.4 million, the New Zealand Government provided $1.4 million with the Queenstown Trails Trust being responsible for raising the balance. Council's capital contribution to the trail constr uction was $450,000, but it has committed to the ongoing maintenance of the trail to ensure standards are maintained and assets looked after. The Trust is continuing to raise funds for the maintenance and enhancement of the trail. In particular, the Tr ust has purchased the inter nationally renowned Motatapu event from Iconic Adventures, ensuring a secure income stream to help fund the ongoing development of trails in the wider Queenstown area. ••• Le : The project involved the construction of two 20m-span glulam bridges, and two suspension bridges with spans of 65m and 80m. Above: Free-wheeling on the Queenstown Trail. CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION Have your say. Visit http://goo.gl/ qxJQM8 to comment on this article.
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