The 19km cycleway will link Omokoroa with Tauranga’s existing urban cycleway network. It is part of the Urban Cycleways Programme, which is set to deliver NZ$333m of new cycleway projects throughout the country over the next three years. In total 54 projects are being funded under the programme.
“This new cycleway will play a vital part in a planned cycle network that will offer more cycling and walking connections between Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty, providing people with a range of transport options,” said transport minister Simon Bridges. “Over the next three years about $15 million will be invested into cycling projects in the Western Bay through our Urban Cycleways Programme to help establish cycling as an integral part of the area’s transport network.”
The project includes a bridge over the Wairoa River and will provide an alternative way to access the urban communities in the area, schools, parks and reserves and Tauranga Harbour. It will also provide an alternative route to the State Highway 2 corridor that connects the area to Tauranga City.
Work is expected to be completed by June 2018.