Sur­vey into safety of bridge

The Southland Times - - News - Staff re­porter

The Gore Dis­trict Coun­cil has launched a sur­vey to find out if pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists feel safe us­ing the Gore traf­fic bridge.

The sur­vey is part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into op­tions to im­prove walk­ing and cy­cling links be­tween east Gore and the rest of the town, and pro­vide bet­ter links be­tween ex­ist­ing and pro­posed cy­cle trails.

Among the op­tions is a pro­posal for a bridge only for cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans up­stream of the ex­ist­ing traf­fic bridge. A new struc­ture across the Mataura River could also po­ten­tially ac­com­mo­date a new pipe­line should the coun­cil go ahead with plans to ra­tio­nalise the Hil­bre Ave wa­ter treat­ment plant, in north Gore, and the east Gore wa­ter treat­ment plant into one, as flagged in its 10-Year Plan.

Trans­port man­ager Peter Stan­dring said the pro­mo­tion of cy­cling and walk­ing trails aligns with the Gore Dis­trict Trails Fea­si­bil­ity Study.

It was also in keep­ing with the Gov­ern­ment’s phi­los­o­phy of pro­mot­ing a health­ier life­style and more con­nected com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘The vi­sion of the fea­si­bil­ity study was to have a cy­cle, walk­ing and horse rid­ing friendly dis­trict, where lo­cals and vis­i­tors have easy ac­cess to qual­ity trails.

‘‘We be­lieve ac­cess is presently re­stricted by hav­ing only one link be­tween east Gore and the rest of the town.’’

The sur­vey will as­sist with the devel­op­ment of a busi­ness case for find­ing an al­ter­na­tive route and the level of fund­ing sub­sidy the project may at­tract from the New Zea­land Trans­port Agency, Stan­dring said.

‘‘We are keen to hear from pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists who use the bridge to find out how safe they feel.

‘‘We also like to hear from any­one who would con­sider walk­ing or cy­cling around the town if there was a ded­i­cated route for them.’’

The sur­vey will be open un­til Fri­day, No­vem­ber 23, and is avail­able on the coun­cil’s web­site or at­sur­vey­mon­ r/GoreTraf­ficBridgeSafe­tySur­vey.

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