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Work on new trail completed

After two months of work, a new government-funded cycle trail along Underhill Rd in Featherston has been completed.

The purpose-built trail is 2.2 kilometres long and was funded via the covid-19 Infrastructure Investment Fund, administered by Kanoa.

The new trail, which was completed at the end of May, has smooth grading along its gravel pathway and connects Underhill Rd to a new bridge over the Tauwharenīkau River, which has the longest suspended deck in New Zealand.

South Wairarapa District Council’s community operations manager James O’Connor said the council was appreciative of the central government funding, “which brings safety and enjoyment to the growing number of trail users in our district”.

Work on the new trail was done by Pope & Gray.

“We’re grateful for the expertise of local contractors and volunteers to bring this trail to life,” O’Connor said.

The long-term plan is to connect this trail to an extensive network of approximately 89.5km of purpose-built trails and additional experience loops of another 103.5km.

These will extend throughout the Wairarapa region, connecting the five main towns and include diverse, interesting side tracks.

The new Underhill Rd trail was completed on May 31, after two months of construction work.

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