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Plans to construct an 'iconic' cycleway bridge over the Wairoa River have been shelved in favour of a more pragmatic and affordable design.
The bridge was to be a key feature of the Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway but is no longer feasible due to higher than expected costs.
Western Bay of Plenty District Council deputy chief executive Gary Allis said that based on the initial concept, it was estimated the bridge would cost around $6.5m but updated estimates following geotechnical testing and engineering design have shown that it was no longer the best option in terms of value for ratepayers.
"Our focus is on delivering an iconic cycle trail through some picturesque parts of the Bay of Plenty, which we hope will be a drawcard both for locals and commuters and also as an attraction for tourists. We are committed to completing the project whilst also ensuring we deliver value for our ratepayers.