Work has started on a cycle and walkway stretching from Raumanga Falls to the Onerahi foreshore.
The work includes building a new, wider bridge across the Raumanga Stream leading into Tarewa Park and possibly an underpass to allow cyclists, walkers, people on mobility scooters or with prams to cross SH1 safely, Whangarei District Councillor Brian McLachlan said.
Cr McLachlan said the council had budgeted $600,000 for work on the track this financial year, with about $100,000 being spent on replacing the bridge. A wider concrete path had already been constructed from the bridge through Tarewa Park, with the new bridge also wider than the one it is replacing, he said. "We want to encourage more people to walk and cycle, so it's important to put the infrastructure in place for people to do that."
The new bridge will be built upstream of the existing one, with access unaffected. The cycle and walkway is part of a walking and cycling strategy completed in 2011, and will link with a planned district walking/cycling circuit.