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Town Link Track on Target

The Fernhill town link track from Cameron Place to Thompson Street is on schedule for a January opening with the One Mile Bridge being installed tomorrow (Tuesday), Queenstown Lakes District Council project manager Anne Relling said.

Structurally the 800 metre track had almost been completed with surface work yet to be finalised.

"This is going to be a terrific new asset for everyone to enjoy. Aside from the practicality of a link it's going to be a relatively easy walk with beautiful scenery to enjoy," Ms Relling said.

The eight metre, Two Mile Bridge was already in place with the One Mile Bridge creating the final section.

"I think people will be really impressed with the One Mile Bridge, which is manufactured from steel truss and spans 25 metres. It's definitely a highlight of the link track," she said.

The track work had also given the Council an opportunity to clear up a lot of old logging debris and reroute the downhill mountain bike track between the Two Mile and One Mile streams.

The $190,000 walkway - funded via a Fernhill community trust ($30,000) the Council ($30,000) and Transfund ($130,000) -would be formally opened once completed in January.

Meanwhile the Council had completed a new 162 metre section of walkway from the end of Frankton Beach to the Kawarau Falls Bridge.

"That particular section of track was finished to a high standard to allow for all possible users. We have already had some excellent feedback particularly from cyclists," Ms Relling said.

Cyclists could now stay off the main road and the width of the track (two metres) meant there was no conflict between cyclists and walkers. There had also been a new link created to Bridge Street.

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For more information or to arrange a photo opportunity tomorrow please contact Anne Relling 03 441 0499.