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
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 granted
Independent commissioners released their decision to grant resource consents for the bridge on 19 April. Information about the decision can be found on the Horizons website