FROM THE EDITOR
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.