$1.3 billion is forecast to be invested in the Manawatū-Whanganui region during the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to strengthen the region’s position as an important freight hub connecting the central North Island and support the local economy, regional development and urban growth.
Manawatū – Whanganui NLTP 2022 update
Five Māori university students are gaining first-hand experience on one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure projects thanks to a new partnership between student support programme Pūhoro STEMM Academy and Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway.
Partnership sees students gaining hands-on highway experience
Urgent enabling works at the State Highway 4 Te Oreore slip site will get underway in the New Year to ensure the safety and resilience of the route for those travelling between Raetihi and Whanganui.
Consent granted for important works at SH4 Te Oreore slip site
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has set new permanent speed limits for SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin and SH57 between the intersection of SH1 and Heatherlea East Road.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is working with its bridge engineers on options for Oringi rail overbridge on SH2, in the Tararua District, which has been damaged in an accident.
Solutions being considered for damaged rail overbridge on SH2
Work continues on the new state highway between Ashhurst and Woodville.
Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway
A new four-lane highway from Ōtaki to north of Levin will be progressed, supporting growth in Levin and providing a safer and more resilient route.
Ōtaki to north of Levin proposed new highway
Work to repair substantial damage to parts of SH4 between Whanganui and Raetihi following a major flood event in 2015 is ongoing. We are now working on the final major repair site, Auraki Stream, where we are relocating the road away from where it has failed and there is traffic management in place.
We are also working towards construction of a new permanent road at Te Oreore where a temporary road was constructed following a large slip in 2019.
SH4 Whanganui to Raetihi repairs
As well as looking at speed limits, we’re designing three infrastructure improvements between Bulls and Sanson:
Subject to funding we expect construction to begin in the 2022/23 construction season.
We have constructed a new Manawatū River Bridge and Whirokino Trestle, and deconstructed the old Manawatū River Bridge. The new structures are able to carry HPMV loads, have improved route security, are safer and have improved walking and cycling facilities. Remaining works include local road tie-ins, final rest area works and completion of the northern abutment memorial (old Trestle Bridge.
Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.1 MB]
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 161 KB]
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions closed on 12 December 2022. A decision report will be available mid-2023.