Construction of an underpass of State Highway 21 / Airport Road in Tamahere will begin in March.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is building the underpass by Tamahere Park, to the north of Wiremu Tamihana Dr, as part of its section of the Te Awa River Ride shared path between Cambridge and Hamilton.
“This underpass will provide a safe connection under SH21, not only for Tamahere residents but for the thousands of walkers and cyclists who are expected to use Te Awa River Ride each month,” said Waka Kotahi Acting Portfolio Delivery Manager Jo Wilton.
The Tamahere community, iwi and other key community groups were consulted on the design and location of the underpass. The walls of the ramps down to the underpass will include designs reflecting the history and importance of the Tamahere area to mana whenua.
The Cambridge to Hamilton section of Te Awa is being built in four different sections by Waka Kotahi, Waipa District Council, Waikato District Council and Hamilton City Council.
Both the underpass and the full Te Awa River Ride path between Cambridge and Hamilton are expected to be complete and open to cyclists and walkers by the end of this year.
Work started on the last two sections of Te Awa River Ride through Tamahere in February.
They are the $2.5 million Mangaonua Gully section, between Hillcrest and the Hamilton Gardens to Riverglade Dr and from Riverglade Drive along Newell Rd, Wiremu Tamihana Dr to Airport Rd/SH21.