We know how important it is to improve safety on SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin. Following feedback from the community earlier this year, we have refined our plan for infrastructure improvements (changes to the road) make this stretch safer.
Early improvements package – Kuku section – December 2021
Update 7 December 2021: Rainy weather means that this work cannot be completed before Christmas. Our contractors will now stop work, make the site safe and put a temporary speed limit of 80km/h in place through the work area. They will return early in the New Year to finish the work.
We have considered which parts of the plan can be brought forward to make the road safer ahead of the 2021 summer holiday period.
Early improvements between Manakau and Levin, through Kuku, will be delivered in the coming weeks. By resurfacing the road and changing the line markings between the Tatum Park conference centre and Ohau Rail Overbridge we will:
- Permanently remove the passing lanes in both directions. The short length of the northbound passing lane and right turn bay at the end of the southbound passing lane are putting people at risk.
- Provide a painted wide centreline. This creates greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions
- Provide wider road shoulders. This will help provide places where slower vehicles can pull aside to let others pass.
- Improve the road surface. This will improve the grip of the road for vehicle tyres.
We will also add safe hit posts (flexible marker posts) to the centreline of the road in some places. These help make the road lanes clearer to drivers by providing an additional visual cue on the centreline. These will be placed to avoid impacting places where people need to turn across the centre line into driveways.
These changes are needed to make SH1 safer for everyone who passes through it. The work has been brought forward so that it can be completed before the busy summer travel period.
We acknowledge that road works can be disruptive for people who live near the road and for those passing through. Thank you for your patience.
If you have any questions about this work you can contact us on O2NL@nzta.govt.nz or 0508 625 4636.
Longer term plan
We are also continuing with our wider safety improvements plan. Subject to funding, next year we expect to complete further improvements including new median barriers and turnaround points between Ōtaki and Manakau, a new roundabout at the SH1 / SH57 intersection, and further work on the Kuku section to improve road curves and add side barriers.
All of this work, and our safety improvements to SH57 are intended to make the road safer while we plan the new Ōtaki to North of Levin highway project. Construction of the new O2NL highway is expected to begin in 2025.