A pathway that brings people together
He Ara Kotahi is a new 7.6km 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.
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. NZTA is funding $3 million of the $14.6 million cost of the project through the Urban Cycleway Programme. The remainder of the cost will be split between the National Land Transport Fund, administered by NZTA, and Council. Powerco is also contributing $500,000.
Bridge location and design
A key element of the project is a 190m-long cycle and pedestrian bridge. It includes a central viewing platform and will link the off-road pathways on both sides of the river.
The design inspiration for the bridge is a karaka tree, with its 'roots' in Dittmer Reserve, between the Esplanade and Ruha Street.