Construction of cycleway facilities on Poike Road south and Poike Road north are expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

The bridge over State Highway 29 at the Poike Rd roundabout to be used by cyclists and pedestrians was priced at $1.8 million.

The bridge would create a cycle link between the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Ohauiti, Welcome Bay and the under construction Maungatapu Underpass.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges said in March the Poike project was something the New Zealand Transport Agency had been planning because of the growth in that part of Tauranga and a desire to see polytech students getting on their bikes.