Tree clearing reveals views across river
A row of pine trees has been removed weeks before the construction of Palmerston North’s planned cycle and foot bridge across the Manawatū River beings to avoid birds building nests.
Work could start on the He Ara Kotahi bridge by the end of October, with three tenders under consideration.
Steering group chairman Ray Swadel said it was a condition of the resource consent that the pines should go before the end of September, to ensure no ruru, or morepork, established nests there that would later have to be disturbed.
The contract would be let after the city council decided which tender to accept at a special, public-excluded meeting on October 16.
Swadel said the final route for a linking pathway to Massey had not been confirmed, but stage two of the pathway from near the Turitea Stream to Bells Rd at Linton had been settled.
At the moment, the pathway ends about 200 metres short of the stream, where a bridge would have to be built.
Applications for resource consents were being prepared.