The New Zealand Transport Authority (NZTA) has opened a new pedestrian and cycling underpass to create a safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians under State Highway 1-Cobham Drive in Hamilton.
The new project has been carried out with an investment of NZ$1.8m ($1.25m) and connects Hamilton East at Sillary Street, near the Grey Street-Cobham Drive corner, with the gardens and shared walkways on the southern side of Cobham Drive.
New paths along State Highway 3 and the Western Rail Trail opened this year will also be linked to the underpass.
The NZTA central North Island Regional Relationships director Parekawhia McLean said: “People will now be able to use this 4m-wide, 27m-long well-lit and level underpass to get across busy Cobham Drive by foot or on a bike or scooter.
"The project is another example where council has worked with partners to make Hamilton a better place to live, connecting our city and making it accessible for everyone."
“The underpass also connects with the wider network being built across Hamilton and gives people a safer, fun and more affordable option to get to work, school or for recreation.”
NZTA has funded the project on behalf of the New Zealand Government.
Hamilton Mayor Andrew King said: “The project is another example where council has worked with partners to make Hamilton a better place to live, connecting our city and making it accessible for everyone.”
“It’s also great to see the NZ Transport Agency and Government investing in our community and with summer approaching I look forward to seeing Hamiltonians out and about enjoying our beautiful city.”