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Bridge now installed across Waikanae Creek

Bridge now installed across Waikanae Creek

The missing link between Awapuni School and safe access for students from Anzac Street was put in place this week. A new pedestrian bridge between Alfred Cox Park and the back of Awapuni School was completed on Wednesday.

The bridge will form part of the new Alfred Cox Cycle and Walkway that will connect our city beaches to the action of the Inner Harbour and the heart of Gisborne. The Alfred Cox Cycle and Walkway will open up access to a largely underutilised park providing wheel friendly access to the I-Site, skate park, Awapuni School and Anzac Street.

The bridge is a significant milestone in the project and one that has been much anticipated by Awapuni School, says project manager Kylie Cranston. “The bridge will connect Awapuni School with the surrounding community. It means parents are able to drop their children off in Anzac Street, avoiding the congestion of busy Awapuni Road. We are grateful to NZTA who have contributed $400k to the project.”

The laminated timber bridge has been installed by contractors Bridge IT NZ Ltd. The 20 metre bridge was craned into place early on Wednesday morning.

A new concrete pathway starts at Grey Street next to the I-Site. It meanders through Alfred Cox Park to the old BMX track where a link to Anzac street forms a school drop off point. It will cross Waikanae Creek over the new pedestrian bridge where it goes through the back of Awapuni School to finish at Stanley Road. This forms a 1.5km cycle and walkway network.

“Local contractors Earthwork Solutions Ltd and McLeods Concrete have been working hard to deliver a high quality walkway with no cracks, says project manager Kylie Cranston. “The specifications for the concrete have been extensively peer reviewed and Council have taken extra measures to ensure a long-lasting, high-quality finish.”

“The Alfred Cox Cycle and Walkway will be completed before Christmas. An opening will be held on Thursday 19 December 9:30am. All are welcome to come and celebrate this special occasion with us. We will meet at the Anzac Street entrance to Alfred Cox Park. Awapuni School will be performing a powhiri and Mayor Meng Foon will cut the ribbon.”

Work has also begun this week to extend the Waikanae Beach portion of the cycle and walkway from Waikanae Tennis Courts to the public toilets. There may be some inconvenience to users of this portion of the beach while the work is done. Council thanks users for their patience.


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