River ride through Tamahere all go

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Work is set to start on the latest Tamahere section of the Te Awa River Cycle Ride this month and be finished by September.

There are two sections – the $2.5 million Mangaonua Gully section, between Hillcrest and the Hamilton Gardens to Riverglade Dr, Tamahere. It includes more than 350m of elevated boardwalk through the gully, associated earthworks, retaining walls and landscaping.

The second section is from Riverglade Drive along Newell Rd, Wiremu Tamihana Dr to Airport Rd/SH21 at a cost of $1 million.

The project is jointly funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, and the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Waka Kotahi NZTA is also funding an Airport Rd/SH21 underpass, which was also expected to be built this summer and finished mid-year.

Contracts for the two sections were awarded just before Christmas, to Base Civil for the Mangaonua section and Schick Civil Construction for the Riverglade-SH21 section.

The full Hamilton to Cambridge section will be built by four different organisations, Waka Kotahi, Waikato District Council, Waipā District Council, and Hamilton City Council, as it crosses three district boundaries.

The cycle route through Tamahere

Waikato District Mayor Allan Sanson said with the ever-growing popularity of cycling as a recreational activity, this year would be a big year for those wanting to get out and about and enjoy the great outdoors.

“Our community, and visitors to our district have already enjoyed the fantastic Ngaruawahia to Hamilton section of the Te Awa River Ride,” he said.

“It’s fair to say that there have been, and continue to be, many economic and social benefits for our people from having that stretch of cycleway in our patch.

“Those same benefits will now come to the southern end of our district and the completed track will open up spectacular views of our natural environment and, of course, the river to cyclists, joggers and walkers from all over the Waikato and beyond.”

Sarah Ulmer, Trustee of Te Awa River Ride Charitable Trust, said completing the final section of Te Awa would be a bonus for the region.

“We’re delighted to be underway with last section of Te Awa, which will see the entire path completed later this year. Te Awa is already one of New Zealand’s busiest cycleways and cycling just keeps growing across the country.

“Having this 60km cycleway through the Waikato is going to provide recreational, transport and economic benefits for our region.”

Once completed, the full Te Awa River Ride cycleway will span 60km from Ngaruawahia, through Hamilton and Cambridge, finishing up at Horahora, south of Lake Karapiro. For more information on the Te Awa River Ride, head to www.te-awa.org.nz

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