Works to fin­ish the River Ride

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Work will start on the fi­nal piece of the Te Awa River Ride shared path, be­tween Cambridge and Hamil­ton, later this year.

Fund­ing has been con­firmed for the NZ Trans­port Agency to build the first sec­tion of the 20km path, which is the last link in pro­vid­ing a con­tin­u­ous cy­cling and walk­ing route from Kara­piro to Ngaru­awahia.

“We’re de­lighted to be able to be­gin work on Te Awa Cambridge to Hamil­ton which will pro­vide a safe cy­cling al­ter­na­tive for our com­mu­ni­ties,” says the Trans­port Agency’s Di­rec­tor Re­gional Re­la­tion­ships Cen­tral North Is­land Parekawhia McLean.

The fi­nal route de­tails are still be­ing fi­nalised but it will be a com­bi­na­tion of roadside paths and pur­pose-built sec­tions nearer the river which will pro­vide con­nec­tions to com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties and the ex­ist­ing cy­cle net­works of Cambridge, Tama­here and Hamil­ton.

“Once this is com­plete we will have a 60km path from south of Kara­piro to Ngaru­awahia, pro­vid­ing amazing recre­ational and tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties for the Waikato,” says Te Awa River Ride Char­i­ta­ble Trust Gen­eral Man­ager Jen­nifer Palmer.

“As part of a sep­a­rate pro­ject, we’re also in­ves­ti­gat­ing how we can con­nect the south­ern end of Te Awa with the north­ern end of the Waikato River Trail at Ho­ra­hora,” Ms Palmer says.

Te Awa — Cambridge to Hamil­ton will be built in four sec­tions.

Sec­tions 1 and 2 will be con­structed by the NZ Trans­port Agency and Waipa District Coun­cil re­spec­tively and will link Cambridge and SH21 Air­port Road. Sec­tions 3 and 4 will be built by the Waikato District Coun­cil and Hamil­ton City Coun­cil and will link SH21 with the ex­ist­ing cy­cle net­work at Cob­ham Drive.

Fund­ing for the three lo­cal author­i­ties is sub­ject to con­fir­ma­tion in their re­spec­tive long term plans and the Re­gional Land Trans­port Plan 2018-21 which should be fi­nalised this year.

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