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This 19km route, made up of both new and existing off-road shared paths and local road connections, will provide a link between the growing township of Omokoroa and Tauranga City's existing urban cycleway network.
This is a high profile project for the region with significant community support, including contributions from the Tauranga Round Table and other potential external investors, as well as assistance from project partners PowerCo and KiwiRail.
The project will provide an alternative way to access the urban communities in the area, schools, parks and reserves, Tauranga Harbour area and the higher density rural development areas planned for under the sub-region's SmartGrowth partnership.
The development of this northern city route will also provide an alternative transport choice to the busy State Highway 2 corridor that connects the area to Tauranga City.
The project will provide a much safer alternative to the existing state highway corridor, where heavy and high-volume traffic is suppressing demand for cycling.
This scenic route will encourage more walking and cycling between the urban communities in the area and is likely to increase the number of children cycling to school. It will also become a key part of a tourist trail from Waihi to Maketu.
The route is expected to attract 130-200 commuter cyclists a day, with a higher estimate for recreational users.
The trail is split into many stages but construction is now well underway and most of it is expected to be completed by Christmas 2018.
The Wairoa River bridge crossing is now going to be a "clip-on" structure to the state highway bridge.
Estimated cost is $11,000,000. Funding is between NZ Transport Agency, Western Bay Council and Tauranga City Council - with additional community and third party contributions including a $1million grant from TECT.