Transport Minister Michael Wood says the Government remains committed to the SkyPath despite Waka Kotahi saying no further weight should be added to the bridge for structural safety reasons.
It comes as Waka Kotahi says the bridge can't be strengthened any further due to the weight of the steel that would need to be added, and instead "active traffic management" would be needed in the future to manage the load on the bridge.
Wood said the SkyPath was a "strategic piece of infrastructure" for Auckland and any decision made on the bridge would keep that in mind.
"There is very strong commitment from the Government to make sure Aucklanders have great walking and cycling access, including providing that access, across the Waitemata," Wood said.
He said in a couple of months a decision would be made on whether the design of the SkyPath would get the go-ahead from the Government.
"We have to make sure this design is fit for purpose, that it delivers what we want and that it's also going to be safe and resilient."
Since SkyPath was conceived 16 years ago, the project has been plagued by controversy, delays and rising costs.
In the past three years, the project has been taken over by NZTA from the SkyPath Trust and redesigned.
In February last year, the Government included SkyPath in a $6.8 billion New Zealand Upgrade Programme of transport projects and said construction would start in early 2021.
Wood said $360 million from that fund had been allocated to the SkyPath.
SkyPath was expected to cost $240m and $120m for a shared pathway extension to Esmonde Rd, rebranded the Northern Pathway by NZTA.
Wood said that money would not be redirected into fixing the bridge.
"That money is intended for the purpose of delivering a project which gets Aucklanders across the Waitemata by being able to walk or cycle. It's a critical gap," he said.
Waka Kotahi says there are no immediate plans for vehicle restrictions on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.