An artist’s impression of the suspension bridge over the Tauherenikau River. GRAPHIC/GERAD TAYLOR
A Wairarapa cycleway connecting its 5 cities will embody one of many longest suspension bridges in New Zealand after a $1 million funding increase from the federal government.
A part of the 5 Cities Path to attach Martinborough, Featherston, Greytown, Carterton, and Masterton to the Remutaka Cycle Path and different Wellington regional trails, the funding will go in direction of growing the Tauherenikau Bridge part.
This consists of 11.5km of picturesque path with a 150-metre-long, 17m excessive suspension bridge over the Tauherenikau River.
The funding is a part of a $220m nationwide cycleways bundle introduced by Affiliate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter on Tuesday.
“This cycle path will assist entice extra guests over to Wairarapa and can present locals a enjoyable technique to get out and discover their very own yard,” Genter mentioned.
Wairarapa Trails Motion Group and Greytown Trails Belief, who utilized for the funding as a part of the federal government’s funding scheme for shovel prepared infrastructure initiatives in response to the influence of covid-19, have been delighted by the information.
Greytown Trails Belief consultant Shane Atkinson mentioned, “the off-site and on-site building work will create 28 jobs and the completed bridge will create bodily, social and cultural linkages between the adjoining communities of Featherston and Greytown.
“It’s a tribute to many dedicated people and supportive organisations that we’ve arrived at this level.”
Wairarapa Trails Motion Group chairman and Carterton Mayor Greg Lang mentioned loads of work had gone into the venture to get it to this stage.
“The connection which will likely be created by the Tauherenikau Suspension Bridge will present alternatives for extra individuals to benefit from the outstanding surroundings and trails Wairarapa has to supply.
“This bridge will likely be one of many largest of its variety in New Zealand and matches extraordinarily properly with the work beneath means for the 5 Cities Path Community venture.”
South Wairarapa Mayor Alex Beijen was additionally blissful to listen to the funding for the bridge had been authorised.
“We see large profit within the continued growth of our cycle trails, and a key element of linking districts is the bridge over the Tauherenikau River, and the paths resulting in it,” he mentioned.
Stu Edwards, of Inexperienced Jersey cycle excursions in Martinborough, mentioned the funding was a “recreation changer” for the area.
He mentioned it will not solely usher in vacationers however would additionally present journey paths for the area’s younger individuals.
Earlier this yr, the corporate surveyed clients and located that individuals have been extra snug biking the quieter nation roads.
“It’s a extremely cool a part of the nation and they’re very easy paths,” Edwards mentioned.
Building is predicted to begin inside the subsequent six months to a yr, as soon as useful resource consents have been authorised.
Genter was anticipated to go to Wairarapa later this month forward of the upcoming election.