Over the past three years we have developed staged plans to improve the state highway network that have been consistent with our long term objective to develop a four-lane expressway to Levin.
We have delivered safety improvements in Ōhau and Manakau. Initial monitoring of these improvements indicates the vast majority of traffic is now travelling at a speed more suitable for the area.
Work on the Wellington Northern Corridor is progressing and by 2020 an expressway will extend from Wellington to Ōtaki. To the north of Levin the replacement of the Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge is expected to be complete by 2019 opening up this route to all High Productivity Motor Vehicles, which will increase freight traffic (trucks) on this route.
Working with the community
We want to ensure that our plans allow for potential increases in transport demands, integrate with Horowhenua District Council’s plans for the district, and take into account issues and constraints associated with the project.
We are working closely with local councils in the Horowhenua and Kāpiti districts and are engaging closely with key stakeholders and community groups.
In June 2017, we sought the community’s view on the values, interests, issues and constraints associated with the Ōtaki to north of Levin project and in early 2018 we will seek more public feedback. The results of the previous round of consultation [PDF, 5.8 MB] are being used to help develop corridor options for the project.
The next round of public engagement for the Ōtaki to north of Levin project will begin in early 2018 and will provide our project partners, stakeholders and local community with an opportunity to review the shortlist of proposed options and contribute to the selection of a preferred corridor.
It's anticipated a recommended corridor option will be put to the Transport Agency Board in mid-2018.