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Project introduction

A programme of works to improve safety and resilience of the Ōtaki to north of Levin transport corridor as well as planning to increase transport choice for the area’s growing population.

Proposed new highway community engagement

Feedback on the draft preferred alignment has now closed. However you can see what others had to say on our interactive map.

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Current focus areas

Next steps are underway in the long-term planning for a new transport corridor between Ōtaki and north of Levin, as well as to progress with safety improvements on the existing highway as an immediate priority.

Ōtaki to north of Levin programme of work

Building on past investigations, the re-evaluation of the Ōtaki to north of Levin project in 2018 recognised that it aligned with Government priorities, following re-focussing of the project to prioritise safety, access to social and economic opportunities, transport choice, and resilience.

These plans include delivering short- and medium-term safety improvements, designating for a new route which will have allowance for four lanes in the future and working to enhance public transport options and improve amenity within Levin.

Find out more about project re-evaluations

The NZ Upgrade Programme will spend $817 million on a new 24-kilometre highway, built to the east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1).

Find out more about the NZ Upgrade Programme


Key updates

Title Date
NZ Upgrade Programme – O2NL details 29 January 2020
O2NL recommended programme of works (with corridor selection) [PDF, 87 KB] 12 December 2019
Next steps underway on O2NL corridor 4 October 2019
Plans to improve safety and resilience of O2NL corridor released and new corridor to be confirmed before end of year 24 October 2018

Previous work in the Ōtaki to north of Levin corridor

Following earlier investigations and community consultation, road safety improvements completed in the Manakau and Ōhau townships included speed limit reductions, threshold treatments, landscaping, street lighting and road markings to provide safer cycleways/pull-off areas.

In late 2018 and early 2019 safety initiatives installed from Ōtaki to north of Levin included flexible posts on flush medians, static signs and high-risk signage.

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Project Contacts

Ōtaki to north of Levin project team –
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  • Phone: 0508 625 4636
  • Alternatively you can write to us:
    Ōtaki to north of Levin Project Team
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Level 5)
    Private Bag 6995
    Wellington 6141