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Appeal deadline passes allowing bridge to go ahead

Monday May 15 2017

The He Ara Kotahi pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Manawatū River will go ahead now the appeal deadline has passed.

Photo shows mocked up view of new bridge spanning river as seen from the Fitzherbert Bridge.

This indicative illustration shows what the new bridge will look like from Fitzherbert Bridge.

“No appeals have been lodged with the Environment Court against the decision to grant resource consents for the project,” says Project Steering Group Chair Ray Swadel.

“We’re really pleased because we now have the necessary land use consents and discharge and water permits to start construction.”

The bridge will be built near the intersection of Dittmer Drive and Ruha Street and form part of the He Ara Kotahi shared pathway, linking Palmerston North city with the science research centres, Massey University, and Linton Military Camp.

Mr Swadel says work is advancing on the detailed design for the bridge.

“We’ve been talking to contractors about the build itself. Now the consents have been finalised we can appoint a contractor to undertake the work. It’s hoped construction will begin in September.”

The construction of the bridge is expected to be completed by December 2018.

Meanwhile, the detailed plans for the second stage of the pathway between Turitea Stream and Linton Military Camp should be finalised soon.

“Negotiations between the landowners, Massey University, and the New Zealand Army are well advanced and we’ll be making an announcement on the final route shortly.”

Stage one of the pathway between the Fitzherbert Bridge and Turitea Stream was completed earlier this year.

The He Ara Kotahi bridge and shared pathway is a partnership between Horizons Regional Council, Massey University, Palmerston North City Council, Powerco, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp, the New Zealand Transport Agency, and Rangitāne.

The $10m project is part of the government’s $333m Urban Cycleways Programme. It has received $3m from this programme and $3.2m from the National Land Transport Fund.