Low im­pact bridge plans

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - JA­NINE RANKIN

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.

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A view of the pro­posed He Ara Ko­tahi cy­cle and pedes­trian bridge across the Manawatu River looking up­stream from Dittmer Drive.

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