The Clifden Suspension Bridge was built in the late 1800s and was a significant engineering and design feat.
The single-lane bridge was originally used by horse and cart traffic and helped to open up the land east of the then swift and dangerous Waiau River. In later years motorised vehicles used it, until a replacement bridge was opened in 1978.
Recently however, the bridge has been closed to the public due to safety concerns and an urgent restoration programme is about to begin.
Clifden Bridge cost £5,007 to build back in the late 1800s but today, the cost of the restoration is estimated at $500,000. Our role at the Historic Places Trust is to act as custodian and caretaker, but we can’t do this without your help.
Please make a donation right now to help restore and save this significant historic place. $50 or $75 will really help or whatever you feel you can afford.
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