Wainui to city cycleway
Stage 2 link from Sponge Bay to Kaiti
Ritchie Civil Ltd was awarded the contract to construct the Wainui path extension and construction is nearly completed on the Wainui Road ‘Stage 2’ shared 1.6km concrete and pedestrian path.
The project will extend the existing off-road path along the western side of Wainui Road, running from Sponge Bay towards the city centre, past Kaiti School and across the road to Craig Road.
The path crosses a roadway on land owned by the Matuaokore Ahu Whenua Trust and a sod turning and blessing ceremony was held with the Trust in April prior to works beginning.
The Wainui Road shared path includes the proposed development of a two-way on-road cycleway along Rutene Road, widening of Gladstone Road bridge to make it safe for people to walk and bike into the city centre, and planned construction of a separated path on the William Pettie bridge.
The projects are being delivered in a joint effort between the NZ Transport Agency and Gisborne District Council through Tairāwhiti Roads.
Work has begun on widening the Gladstone Road Bridge to allow walkers and cyclists to safely enter the CBD.
For up to date info check NZTA's website(external link)
Tairāwhiti Roads worked with Heritage New Zealand on the bridge, due to its historical significance. Originally built using wood in 1885, the current concrete bridge was opened in 1925 and was considered advanced for its time. Because of its Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga status, the concrete balustrades will be replicated.
While at times the bridge may be reduced to one lane, it will remain open throughout the duration of the works. Pedestrians will have access across the bridge at all times. The project is expected to be completed by January 2019.
Here's an animated video showing how the bridge will be widened by adding a clip on.
William Pettie Bridge changes in Ormond Road
A separated walking and cycling path will be built on the northern side of the William Pettie Bridge on Ormond Road so that it connects safely to the Rutene Road cycleway.
Budget for this project is included in the $2.5m allocated from the Urban Cycleways Fund for the Rutene Road cycleway project.
Stage One - Sponge Bay to Wainui
Stage one was completed in October and officially opened 30 November 2014.
A memorial garden and seating area is dedicated to long-time Wainui resident and cycleway advocate Muriel Jones. The concrete path is 1.7km long and 3m wide.
This was a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) project that was jointly managed with Council. The cycleway will make the state highway safer for cyclists and pedestrians while building on our focus of creating a network of cycle and walkways within Gisborne city.
Garden area dedicated to Muriel Jones - official opening 30 November 2014
April 2014 - Work started with surveying along the proposed route to define property boundaries. In some places fences were moved along with some trees and vegetation. This was on land between the boundary of roadside properties and the state highway.
22 August 2013 - NZTA announce green light for Wainui cycleway. For more information read the media release