Pukete Bridge clip-on open

00:32, Feb 20 2013

The clip-on pedestrian and cycle lane on Hamilton's Pukete Bridge has opened this morning.

The 3 metre-wide extension for cyclists and pedestrians has been added to the south side of the 150 metre-long  bridge.

The existing bridge will now be converted to provide two lanes of traffic in each direction along Wairere Drive.Work on the bridge is expected to be fully completed by late March.

As part of the public art element of the Hamilton Ring Road project, 75 yellow and blue translucent panels have been installed along the clip-on.

The yellow signify the flowers of the kowhai trees lining the banks of the river in some parts of the region and the blue represented the sky and water of the Waikato.

Public art is already evident on the Wairere Dr section of the Hamilton Ring Road, with a large inscription of an historic Maori proverb on the Highland Dr retaining wall. 

The Pukete Bridge clip-on is considered a key part of the Hamilton Ring Road project, with the lanes  connecting with existing cycleways and paths, including the new Te Hikuwai Walkway and similar lanes at the River Rd-Wairere Dr intersection. 

The Hamilton Ring Road project has a $84 million budget.