Models of the proposed gateway designs are about to be unveiled.
This follows consultation with residents and iwi in 2017, and after meeting NZTA planning, design and construction specifications.
Council is holding meetings with residents in November to show off the small-scale representations and collect feedback about their material and finish options, layout and landscaping.
The design for each village is based around four gateway panels and poles that have been designed by commissioned artist James Molnar.
Three of the four share common elements which tie in thematically with motifs designed by James that will be built along the Manawatū River shared path network (Ashhurst to Palmerston North Riverside Walkway). They can also be found at the new Central Energy Trust Wildbase Recovery, opening in early 2019.
The fourth and largest gateway panel is designed to be place-specific and reflect the surrounding natural environment.