Denby Road Pathway Paves the Way

Denby Road Pathway Paves the Way

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Work has started on a new 3.2km pathway which will connect Hawera to Waihi Beach.

The pathway is the first in an exciting three year programme being implemented by the South Taranaki District Council (STDC) designed to enhance recreational and lifestyle opportunities across the district.

STDC group manager of engineering services, Brent Manning, says the new pathway will run from the edge of Hawera, off South Road, along Denby Road to Waihi Beach reserve.

“With a fine chip seal the pathway will be ideal for walkers, cyclists, joggers and for people on mobility scooters,” says Mr Manning.

The project also involves replacing the single lane bridge on Denby road with a two lane culvert and some road widening and realignment work. The $488,000 pathway and associated works is expected to take approximately 16 weeks to finish.

Mr Manning says the new pathway is stage one of three stages which, when completed, will create interconnecting pathways from Denby Road across to Nowells Lakes.

The project is just one of five trails the Council is working on over the next three years, estimated to cost $1.24 million.

“The Council had seen a need for more safe and enjoyable places for people to walk or cycle that were not on roads and developed this programmeto enhance the lifestyle and recreational opportunities across the district,” says Mr Manning.

“Thanks to existing reserves, roading subsidies from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), some outside grants and contributions only $200,000 of the $1.24 million needs to be funded from rates,” he says.

Other Planned Pathways Projects

  • Improvements to Opunake Walkway
  • Walkway around Manaia Township
  • 3km off-road mountain bike trail off Puawai St,Hawera
  • Commuter cyclweway between Hawera and Normanby
  • 35km mountain bike trail linking Patea Dam to Lake Rotokare