Local MP turns sod for Poike Road overbridge

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Todd Muller, MP for Bay of Plenty, was delighted to carry out the sod turning and attend the blessing for the Poike Road overbridge as the Government representative today.

The Poike road overbridge will be constructed immediately north of State Highway 29A and the Poike Road roundabout in Tauranga to address the demand to cross the state highway for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The long term goal is to link key centres, schools and areas of employment with a network of shared paths to make it safer and easier for people to walk and bike around our region, said Mr Muller.

This $1.8 million project will see a 46 metre-long bridge and a 3 metre wide shared footpath and cycle path on the southern side of State Highway 29A between Ila Park and the Poike road roundabout.

Construction of the overbridge is expected to take three months from July to October and construction of the shared footpath will take a following three months with completion planned for January 2017.

“This project is part of a multimillion dollar plan to connect the Bay of Plenty with a series of cycling and walking paths. Over the next decade alone an estimated $15 million will be spent to help reach this goal.

“The overbridge will connect Ohauiti with Waiariki Bay of Plenty campus, opening up opportunities for walking and cycling.

“A two kilometre long shared path will link the overbridge with established and planned cycling projects also being built along the eastern side of State Highway 29A, this will enable people to more safely walk and bike around the city.

“Getting more people cycling and walking will relieve congestion, connect people with a greater range of employment, education and social opportunities and contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future for our fast growing region’s transport network,” says Mr Muller.

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