The NZ Transport Agency has confirmed funding will be made available for the construction of a purpose-built shared path alongside the Peka Peka to Ōtaki Expressway (PP2Ō).
Senior Manager Project Delivery Chris Hunt says the approximately 10 kilometre long shared path will provide the local communities it connects with a safer multi-modal trail separated from cars, trucks and other motor vehicles.
“Local residents and the wider community have been very supportive and excited at the prospect of this project, so it’s pleasing to be able to confirm we are moving ahead with its construction,” Mr Hunt says.
“Once complete, this project will encourage more people to walk and cycle more often, and there are some really positive social benefits associated with this activity.”
The shared path will be similar in design to one it will connect with on the adjoining Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway. It will also link to Te Ara o Whareroa Trail and Queen Elizabeth Park.
It offers safer passage for pedestrian and cycle traffic by reducing the number of conflict points with vehicles, driveways and at intersections.
It will include landscaping, bridges and underpasses to enable walking, running and cycling, and will also provide additional width to cater for horse movements through key sections of the route.
The PP2Ō shared path is part of the New Zealand Cycle Network, a co-led initiative between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and the NZ Transport Agency, that aims to connect and improve cycle pathways in New Zealand.