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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.

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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.

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. The $10 million project has attracted $6.2 million of government funding through the Urban Cycleways Fund and the National Land Transport Fund.

Progress on stage one

Our contractors have finished the first stage of the pathway on the left bank to the Turitea Stream, and they are now working to connect the pathway to the Fitzherbert Bridge. See map below (click to expand).

Linton shared pathway map

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 190 metre long bridge.

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.

Resource consents

Palmerston North City Council has lodged resource consent applications to construct the bridge. Public submissions are open until 4.45pm on Monday 19 December.