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Project introduction

The Akerama Improvements Project covers a section of State Highway 1 near Hukerenui, 35km north of Whangarei, from Barnes Road to Rusk Road. More passing lanes are being built and tight corners are being removed as part of the safety improvement work.

  • Estimated project dates

    Mar 2015–Jul 2017
  • Estimated project cost

    $5 million to $20 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status

    Construction

Project updates

SH1 Akerama improvements November 2017 update
Project updates, (PDF)
Akerama map proposed new wetland area
Project posters, (PDF)
Akerama map overview of project
Project posters, (PDF)

Purpose

The NZ Transport Agency is working to improve safety on State Highway 1 near Hukerenui, 35km north of Whangarei. More passing lanes are being built and tight corners are being removed as part of the safety improvement work.

Benefits

The realigned motorway with additional passing lane capacity and fewer steep curves will improve the safety of the section of State Highway 1 at Akerama.

Project timeline

  • 2015: Ground works, installation of drainage and stormwater.
  • 2016: Earthworks, new pavements, installation of drainage and stormwater.
  • 2017: Final earthworks, installation of drainage and stormwater, new pavements, final landscaping, and stage 1 completed.
  • 2018: Project completions.

About the project

  • Widening the current road layout.
  • Removing tight corners.
  • Extending the northbound passing lane.
  • Constructing a new southbound passing lane.
  • Mitigating any environmental effects of the project by constructing a new wetland for the protection of New Zealand's mud fish. Erosion and sediment controls will be in place, and the NZ Transport Agency is working in partnership with an ecologist and the Northland Regional Council to ensure best practice during construction.

The project is being delivered in two stages:

  • Stage 1: 1.8km of the northern section of the project to Grey’s Culvert, except for the Akerama Road intersection (which will be completed under stage 2).
  • Stage 2: 1.4km of project at the southern end.

SH1 Akerama improvements, north of Whangarei, first stage expected to be finished in June

In June 2014, the Government announced the first tranche of a package to accelerate delivery of regionally important State Highway projects. The Akerama improvements project on State Highway 1, near Hukerenui, 35km north of Whangarei, from Barnes Road to Rusk Road, began in March 2015 and was scheduled to finish in July 2017.

The first stage of the project, which comprises construction of a new southbound passing lane and development of a wetland, will be complete before the end of June 2017, as per the programme.

The second stage of the project is the southern section   comprises construction of a new northbound passing lane which requires a significant road re-alignment.  This stage was also initially programmed for completion July 2017 but has been delayed due to extensive rainfall affecting the ability to complete earthworks. This section is expected to be finished by early 2018.

Aerial view of SH1 Akerama improvements project area

Akerama overview of project

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