On the banks of the Waikato River behind St Peters School, Waipa District Council is building a section of path to connect the existing pathway between Cambridge and the Velodrome. This path will follow previously inaccessible sections of the Waikato Riverbanks, through newly replanted gullies and across bridges to connect with a riverbank section being built by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
The Waka Kotahi section will connect to the Hooker Road to Tamahere Drive that was completed last year.
Also under construction is the underpass under State Highway 21 Airport Road. This project is still in the early stages, with services such as power, water and broadband being relocated and connecting footpath on the edge of Wiremu Tamihana Drive being built.
Alongside Newell Road Waikato District Council has built new and extended existing sections of cycleway, with the route heading down Riverglade Drive and then into the gully that runs alongside the Mangaonua Stream. This section includes a 370m section of boardwalk and a bridge over the stream before connecting with the Hamilton City Council section to complete the link to the Hamilton Gardens.
The full route between Cambridge to Hamilton section is expected to be finished around the end of the year, providing the last link in a 60km shared walking and cycling path following the Waikato River from Lake Karapiro to Ngaruawahia.
The three Council sections of Te Awa are jointly funded by the Government’s shovel-ready infrastructure fund and Waka Kotahi.