Between January and mid-March 2018, we provided our project partners, stakeholders and local community with an opportunity to review a shortlist of options and contribute to the selection of a preferred corridor for the Ōtaki to north of Levin (O2NL) project.
At this time, we indicated the next steps for the project would take into account changes to the Government’s transport system priorities, to be outlined in the new Government’s draft Policy Statement 2018–21 on Land Transport (GPS)(external link)
To ensure alignment with these priorities, a re-evaluation of the project was carried out, and we announced the outcome of this re-evaluation in October.
The re-focused 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.
It is envisaged that the new state highway will be planned as a two-lane highway while allowing for additional capacity in the future by protecting a route suitable for four lanes. The construction timing and form of this new route will depend on growth and funding priorities across the rest of the country.
In December 2018, we selected a preferred corridor for O2NL. This is a combination of the shortlisted options known as S6 and N4. It is the shortlisted option that runs closest to State Highway 1 (SH1) in the south and alongside State Highway 57 (SH57) in the north.