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He Ara Kotahi wins award

Wednesday November 13 2019

He Ara Kotahi has won a top transport award.

Our new landmark won the Sustainable Transport Leadership Award at the NZ Transportation Institute Awards last night.

It’s the first win since the pathway opened in June. The project had earlier won a community engagement award for consultation over the bridge location.

The institute says He Ara Kotahi demonstrates extremely high levels of leadership, innovation, sound research and technical basis, clear benefits and good community engagement.

Since the pathway opened in June, more than 220,000 groups have used the almost 9km network of paths that connect Palmerston North city to Massey University, Food HQ and Linton Military Camp.

Palmerston North City Council’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Tom Williams, says it’s great to receive industry recognition for the pathway.

“We know our community love He Ara Kotahi, and we’ve loved seeing how much energy and excitement it has created at our awa (river). It’s great to see that our industry peers also see the immense value this project has brought to our community.”

He says the award is also a tribute to our partners on the project.

“He Ara Kotahi was funded by the New Zealand Government Urban Cycleways programme, NZ Transport Agency, Palmerston North City Council, Central Energy Trust and Powerco. Rangitāne, Massey University, Horizons Regional Council and the New Zealand Defence Force have been key partners in the project.”

He also thanked our key construction partners who brought the vision to life: WSP Opus, Concrete Structures, Green Infrastructure Services, Fulton Hogan, Frame Group, Alf Downs and other subcontractors.