Low impact bridge plans
Residents’ fears of increased disruption and congestion near a new cycle and pedestrian bridge have been allayed by the latest estimates of its use.
An extra 74 vehicles a day are expected to use Ruha St to get to and from Palmerston North’s He Ara Kotahi bridge across the Manawatu River.
About 1180 cyclists and walkers are expected to use it each day, travelling from a variety of routes including the shared riverside pathway.
The estimates were released in an update on plans for the $7 million cycle and pedestrian bridge revealed at a drop-in session for the public at Victoria Esplanade.
The latest reports will form the foundation of resource consent applications for the karaka treeinspired, 191-metre bridge.
Project steering group chairman Ray Swadel said the draft technical reports showed the new bridge would have a low impact on the Dittmer Drive neighbourhood in terms of traffic and the way it blended in to its surroundings.
At the moment, about 72 vehicles use Ruha St during the daily peak between 8am and 9am.
Swadel said that number was estimated to increase by 30 to 102 movements during that hour.
During the whole day, about 940 vehicles used the street, and that was expected to increase to 1014.
A view of the proposed He Ara Kotahi cycle and pedestrian bridge across the Manawatu River looking upstream from Dittmer Drive.