The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - Lisa Knight

The site of the city’s new pedes­trian and cy­cle bridge across the Manawatu River has been all but cho­sen and re­ac­tions have been mixed.

The project steer­ing group had orig­i­nally pro­posed three pos­si­ble lo­ca­tions for the bridge but the se­lected site at Ruha St was a sur­prise op­tion pre­sented as the favourite just last week.

Given the aim of the $10 mil­lion He Ara Ko­tahi path­way and bridge is to link the city to two of our ma­jor em­ploy­ers, Massey Univer­sity and Lin­ton Army Camp, it doesn’t seem like they’ve hit the mark with this spot.

At only 1.3 kilo­me­tres, as the crow flies, from the cur­rent Fitzher­bert Ave bridge, it seems too close to re­ally make the project worth­while.

While the plan for the bridge, which has been in the coun­cil’s sights for many years, is great progress for the city it would have been good to see it in an area where more peo­ple could ben­e­fit, par­tic­u­larly those based at Lin­ton.

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