Underpass design firms

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Design work has progressed on an underpass of Airport Rd/SH21 as part of the Te Awa biking-walking path through Tamahere.

NZTA, which is funding the underpass, has released images that show it favours a skewed or angled crossing beneath Airport Rd.

The Transport Agency is seeking community feedback on the design, shown below, and in two artist’s impressions.

Underpass design
Detailed design of the underpass is almost complete

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 retirement village, Tamahere School and the Tamahere Community Centre.

An artist’s impression of the view from Wiremu Tamihana Dr

On the northern side of SH21, the underpass will connect to the existing shared path on Wiremu Tamihana Drive (shown above). On the southern side of SH21, the underpass will connect to the Tamahere Drive section of Te Awa Cycleway, by going through the Tamahere Country Club (shown below).

Design view B
An artist’s impression of the southern side by the Tamahere Country Club

NZTA is seeking Tamahere residents views of the proposed design. Email waikatoprojects@nzta.govt.nz with your views.

The agency has already discussed the design with the Waikato District Council, Tamahere Country Club, Tamahere Community Committee, Tamahere School, Te Awa Trust, Bike Waikato, St Stephen’s Church and the Waikato Regional Council. A workshop has also been held with mana whenua.

It’s planned that the project will go out for tender in the next couple of months, with construction due to start in October and completion in early 2021.

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.

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