The inclusion of the shared pathway was announced only last month after receiving overwhelming backing from the community during NZTA’s Notice of Requirement process. Over 700 submissions were supplied in support of the shared path and a large number of groups and individuals presented at the hearings.
“It is a safe option for vulnerable modes of transport, will improve health and wellbeing in the community and allow active commuter access along the State Highway between Woodville and Palmerston North.”
The shared path is expected to follow the route of the highway for the most part, however there may be opportunities to move away from the State Highway as and where appropriate.
“The detailed design for the route is yet to be done, as this will be part of the work the preferred Alliance tenderer will manage,” said Ms Downs.
Construction on the highway is expected to commence in 2020, however sections where the new shared path integrates with the existing network such as the Ashhurst Bridge clip-on may be completed earlier. The whole project (including the shared path) is expected to be completed by 2024.
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