The next stage of the Otago Peninsula cycleway is closer to
being built after the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA)
approved more than $2 million for the project.
Dunedin City Council transportation operations programme
engineer Michael Harrison said NZTA funding for the Ohinetu
Point to Harington Point section of the cycleway and road
improvements was given final approval this month in what was
a "big step forward" for the project.
"We have now ticked all the boxes and jumped across all the
hurdles to get the funding confirmed."
NZTA initially allocated funding for the project in August,
as part of its announcement the Otago transport system would
receive $280 million of national funding in the next three
Mr Harrison said the initial allocation amounted to a
"tentative" approval of the project and did not necessarily
mean the funding would proceed.
The latest development meant the project was "all set" for
construction to start next July, assuming it received
NZTA would subsidise 66% of the $3.2 million project, and the
Dunedin City Council would pay for the remaining $1.088
The improvements were scheduled in the council's 2014-15
budget, but were brought forward to the 2013-14 year -
subject to the subsidy being obtained - during the annual
planning process earlier this year. A total of 86
submissions, one including 200 signatures, was received.
The design phase for the layout of the walkway and cycleway
elements of the project is to be revisited in consultation
with the community.
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairman John Bellamy said
the development was great news for the peninsula and the
Council roading project engineer Evan Matheson said the next
step was to consult "key stakeholders" in the community about
the design of the road improvements.
The consultation period was expected to start at the end of
this month and finish before Christmas.
After considering the feedback, the council would apply for
resource consent, which would most likely be publicly
notified with the Otago Regional Council at the beginning of
next year, Mr Matheson said.
The council had learned from the construction of previous
sections of the cycleway and would probably put in wider
cycle lanes and a few more bus stops.