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 has released the draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP) which sets out our investment approach and proposed programme of activities across all modes of transport for the next ten years.
The draft TAIP has been guided by the new priorities and strategic direction set out in the Government’s draft Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport (external link) , released in April this year. This signalled a new direction for land transport investment in New Zealand and will strongly influence which projects and programmes of work the Transport Agency progresses, and when.
The O2NL project is one of several that have been identified in the draft TAIP as requiring re-evaluation to better align with the draft GPS. We will provide an update once the project has been re-evaluated. We will update the community with a further update on the re-evaluation of the project within the next two months.
We acknowledge that the current lack of certainty is a cause of concern and frustration for many communities and people affected by the project. We remain committed to working closely with communities, property owners, central and local government, and other key stakeholders, to deliver solutions that meet transport needs now and for the future.
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 O2NL project, and will provide a further update on the re-evaluation of the project within the next two months.