This significant cycleway project involves numerous stages and a variety of stakeholders. RCP’s overarching focus is to achieve a consistent, high standard across all phases which has added significant value for the client and ensured a safe and user-friendly result for cyclists.
Due to be completed in March 2020, the 19-kilometre Omokoroa to Tauranga Cycleway is a major infrastructure asset for the Bay of Plenty region. It is designed to provide a safe and user-friendly alternative to the existing state highway corridor and received significant funding from the NZTA Urban Cycleways Programme.
RCP was appointed as Project Manager by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council and provided a range of services throughout the 13-million-dollar project. These included advisory and responsibility for design and construction management, contract administration, procurement and programming.
The route includes 25 separate sections, each involving different stakeholders and unique design constraints, a key focus was providing consistency across the route.
Several bridges were required along the route to provide connectivity in some remote locations with the largest crossing being the Wairoa River connecting the Western Bay of Plenty and Tauranga City Districts.
Approximately a kilometre of the cycleway falls within the rail corridor with KiwiRail being an important project stakeholder. Managing communication and consents, and the process of gaining approval to build on KiwiRail land, was a significant factor in this phase of the work.
In areas where the cycleway passes under the railway, designing and constructing safe underpasses to provide protection to cyclists was critical. After reviewing the design standards used on previous cycleway projects, RCP’s team worked with the project design consultants to develop protective screens of a much higher specification. The new design now sets the standard for cycleway rail underpasses and will be used on other projects throughout New Zealand.
PROJECT LEAD – Brett Watchorn
Video Credits – Western Bay of Plenty District Council