Design work is underway for an underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 as part of the Te Awa biking-walking path through Tamahere.
The NZ Transport Agency is funding the underpass, proposed for near Wiremu Tamihana Drive, as part of its section of the Te Awa Cambridge to Hamilton shared path.
As well as providing a safe crossing of SH21, the underpass will connect key community facilities, including the Tamahere Village shopping centre, the Tamahere Country Club, Tamahere School and the Tamahere Community Centre.
On-site geotechnical investigations were completed prior to the Covid-19 lockdown and now detailed design is being progressed by NZTA staff working remotely, NZTA said.
On the northern side of SH21, the underpass will connect to the existing shared path on Wiremu Tamihana Drive. On the southern side of SH21, the underpass will connect to the Tamahere Drive section of Te Awa, by going through the Tamahere Country Club.
Construction of the 20km section of the Te Awa River Ride is being done by a partnership of the Waikato and Waipa district councils, the Hamilton City Council, Waikato Regional Council, NZTA and the Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust.
The Tamahere section will provide a safe and accessible walking and cycling option between Cambridge and Hamilton and link in to existing sections of the Te Awa path to create a 60km walking and cycling route between Karapiro and Ngaruawahia.
For more details and background see here.