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A competition to design an iconic bridge across the Wairoa River is expected to be announced as part of the $7.7 million project to build a cycleway from Omokoroa to Bethlehem.
Project leader Gary Allis said their aim for the $2.5 to $3 million bridge was for it to be something quite iconic, like the new cycle trail bridge just outside New Plymouth.
The 110m-metre bridge was the single biggest cost of the 19km trail that, together with cycleways to Maketu, Te Puke and Paengaroa, would cash in on the boom in cycling tourism, as well as becoming handy commuter links and popular trails for local cyclists and walkers.
"It will put people on bikes rather than in cars."