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He Ara Kotahi

We are building a new shared pathway and bridge for cyclists and walkers that will link Palmerston North city, Massey University and Linton Military Camp.

A pathway that brings people together

He Ara Kotahi is a new 6.6km off-road pathway and bridge over the Manawatū River. Once it's built it will be a key route in Palmerston North's urban transport network, connecting Linton Military Camp, Massey University and FoodHQ to the city.

Starting on the southern side of Fitzherbert Bridge, the pathway will follow the Manawatū River and Kahuterawa Stream to Bells Road, near Linton.

He Ara Kotahi continues the Council's programme of building recreational pathways throughout Palmerston North, to improve transport and leisure options.

He Ara Kotahi shared pathway benefits

He Ara Kotahi will provide a safer and more direct route for people to travel to work and educational centres south of the river. It will encourage people to choose to cycle, with sections of the route providing safer access away from the high speed traffic along the state highway. This project is expected to attract over 1,000 people every day.

Progress on stage one

Stage one of the Linton shared pathway spans Fitzherbert Bridge to the Turitea Stream. See map below (click to expand).

Linton shared pathway map

Palmerston North-based Blackley Construction has made good progress since work began in May. The excavation and some drainage work have been completed and vegetation has been cleared away.

“Our contractors have literally carved out the track," says steering group chair Ray Swadel. "The base course has been laid over 2.8 kilometres of the pathway. They’ve also surfaced 1.2 kilometres with a limestone top layer.”

Bridge location and design

Council has confirmed the site for the new He Ara Kotahi cycleway and pedestrian bridge will be near the intersection of Dittmer Drive and Ruha Street.

The recommendation from the project steering group was unanimously endorsed by Council's planning and policy committee on 1 August.

The committee approved the Karaka tree design concept, and also decided to include a central viewing platform in the bridge design. It wants a range of options considered to the value of up to $280,000.

Media release: He Ara Kotahi bridge location approved

Read the report to Council (PDF, 1.6MB)

Consultants Opus International prepared a detailed business case on behalf of Palmerston North City Council and the He Ara Kotahi project steering group. This report is required for New Zealand Transport Agency approval - an essential step for the project to secure government funding. It recommends that the Karaka tree design concept is adopted and the bridge is located near the intersection of Dittmer Drive and Ruha Street.

Who's involved?

He Ara Kotahi is supported jointly by the Palmerston North City Council, Massey University, Rangitāne, Horizons Regional Council, the New Zealand Army at Linton Military Camp and the New Zealand Transport Agency. It has attracted $6.2 million of government funding through the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund.