The NZ Transport Agency is investigating a new state highway which will help solve the safety and resilience problems associated with sections of State Highway 1 (SH1) and State Highway 57 (SH57).
This project is part of the Wellington Northern Corridor. The proposed new state highway would tie in with the yet to be completed Kāpiti Expressway and extend to just north of Levin, including a bypass of Levin Town Centre.
The NZ Transport Agency is currently re-evaluating the Ōtaki to north of Levin (O2NL) project.
The vision of the new Government is for a safer transport network free of death and injury, accessible and affordable transport, value for money and reduced emissions. It is important that future plans for transport, including state highway corridors such as O2NL, now align to this vision as set out in the Government Policy Statement(external link).
The Transport Agency announced the 2018-21 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) on 31 August which reflects the Government’s new vision. The NLTP is the programme of investment in land transport for the next three years.
The re-evaluation work for O2NL could not be completed by the time the NLTP was announced. This does not mean this project is not included in the NLTP but rather the recommendations from the re-evaluation process will be considered for inclusion as soon as practicable after this work is complete.
The Transport Agency has made good progress on the O2NL re-evaluation work and is expecting to finalise this by the end of October 2018. This means we expect to be able to update property owners potentially affected by the project and the community shortly after that about the future plans for the State Highway between Ōtaki and North of Levin and what this means for the community.
We recognise the frustration that uncertainty and delays can cause many communities and people affected by the project. We are committed to providing certainty as quickly as we can while also carrying out this work in a robust way so we get the best outcomes for future communities.
In the meantime, we will continue to progress planned safety improvements to SH1 between Levin and the Manawatū River. The current proposed safety improvements for this section of SH1 include realignment of SH1 at Waitārere Curves and provision of north bound passing lanes to the north and south of the Waitārere Curves. We have committed to discussing and co-designing these proposals with the local community and iwi.
In addition, the Safe Roads Alliance will be investigating what improvements can be undertaken to the southern section of SH57 between Heatherlea East Road and SH1. These may include safety barriers, rumble strips, wider centre lines and wider shoulders. We will discuss any planned improvements with the community.
We have written to previously contacted property owners to update them on the project re-evaluation and will update everyone again as soon as we have more information.