North Waikato's Te Awa Great River Ride Perry Bridge revealed as green.

The colour of Waikato's newest "landmark" - Perry Bridge - has now been revealed as its construction starts to take shape. 

The bridge located south of Ngaruawahia is part of the Te Awa Great River Ride and will allow pedestrians to access a 70 kilometre cycleway which stretches alongside the river all the way to Horahora.

On Friday morning, Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson and Te Awa Charitable Trust trustee Sarah Ulmer along with New Zealand Transport Agency staff were some of the first to see the green arches. 

The concept design for the Perry Bridge for the Te Awa Great New Zealand River Ride.
Image provided by Brian Perry Charitable Trust
The concept design for the Perry Bridge for the Te Awa Great New Zealand River Ride.

The steel manufactured in Napier also had resin applied enabling it to illuminate in the dark.

Sanson  said he was excited to see the chosen colour.

"I think it's a vibrant colour, you look at it next to the grass and it's very natural.

"I think it's going to be a real landmark, Morrinsville got their cow the other day and we've got our bridge."

The steel will be assembled on site and in about six weeks it will start to be installed with its expected completion at the beginning of September. 

Not only will it be the longest bridge of its kind in New Zealand, seating and bike racks will be installed.

The name of the bridge stems from Brian Perry Charitable Trust which contributed $500,000 towards it,General manager Jennifer Palmer said it wasn't a difficult decision choosing the theme. 

"We really quickly went to green, we wanted it to blend in but not too much."

Blue will also be a feature of the overall design to represent the river. 

Ulmer also was stoked to see it coming together - especially for the North Waikato residents who would benefit from the "iconic" cycleway.

"It suits a range of people, not just hardcore off road cyclists... certainly a viable option for walkers, cyclists and runners."

It will also help encourage those in Ngaruawahia and surrounding areas to commute into Hamilton, she said. 

And tapping into the natural beauty of the district was even better. 

"You've got the view of the Hakarimatas and the Waikato River, it's a beautiful recreational spot."

The cost for the cycleway stretch was about $4.7m – of which about $2.7m was being funded by  NZTA. 

The rest had been made up from contributions by the Waikato District Council, the NZ Community Trust, Lion Foundation, Trust Waikato, WEL Energy Trust, Perry Group and Brian Perry Trust, Trillian Trust and Grassroots Trust. 

Source: Waikato Times/Fairfax NZ


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