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Detailed design and site plans to be developed for new cycle and pedestrian bridge

Tuesday May 17 2016

The development of the new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Manawatū River is a step closer following a decision by Palmerston North City Council's finance and performance committee.

Bridge new location

The committee has voted in favour of a recommendation to locate the new bridge within a 400 metre ‘zone’ on Dittmer Drive, between Katene and Ruha Streets. The committee’s decision will now go to the full Council on for final approval next week.

The bridge is a component of the 6.6km He Ara Kotahi shared pathway project linking Palmerston North city, Massey University and the military camp at Linton.

He Ara Kotahi project chair Ray Swadel says his team narrowed down the location after analysing different site options and listening to the views of the community.

“We will soon start developing a detailed business case for the bridge between Katene and Ruha Streets. Over the next two to three months we will be working on determining the exact location within that zone, design options and costs.”

Mr Swadel says project consultants have sent out letters to residents along Dittmer Drive and will be engaging directly with people in the neighbourhood on our progress to date.

“We’ll also be talking to other interested parties including local cycle groups and the wider community.”

A final recommendation will be made to the Council’s planning and policy committee on 1 August.

“Although the area we are looking at is close to existing parking near the Holiday Park, neighbours have expressed concern about whether there are enough spaces for bridge users. Council staff are working out the patterns of parking use to determine whether more is needed. The landscape design will also be under consideration once the site is selected,” Mr Swadel says.

He Ara Kotahi or “a pathway that brings people together” is a partnership between Horizons Regional Council, Massey University, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp, the New Zealand Transport Agency, Palmerston North City Council and Rangitāne.

The $10m project is part of the government’s $333m Urban Cycleways Programme.