Alongside the Transport Agency’s investment in state highway improvements, a total of $2.2 billion will be invested over 2018–21 on maintaining the state highway network to ensure customers have quality access to economic and social opportunities.
This is a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to the 2015–18 period due to the anticipated completion in 2019 of the Crown-funded Kaikōura earthquake response.
However, NLTF-funded investment in state highway maintenance will increase by 12.5 percent in 2018–21 to $2.0 billion. This will support the Transport Agency to carry out necessary and outstanding renewal work at an accelerated rate, improving the resilience of highways across the network. Work will also include ensuring existing safety infrastructure continues to perform in the future by replacing safety barriers and rumble strips and taking other measures as required to maintain lane delineations, improving safety for all road users.
There will be continued investment in multi-agency Transport Operations Centres (TOCs) in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch as part of our state highway maintenance expenditure. TOCs coordinate all transport operations during major events such as sporting fixtures or when there are road closures due to slips and flooding. This involves managing traffic flows and providing real-time transport information to commuters and tourists, empowering them to make good transport choices while reducing congestion and emissions.