Ōtaki to north of Levin project update – December 2018
The NZ Transport Agency has announced that the preferred corridor for the new 24.2 kilometre Ōtaki to north of Levin road is one that runs closest to State Highway 1 and, in the northern section, alongside State Highway 57.
We have been in touch with the property owners that were potentially affected by the range of shortlisted corridor options, to inform them of the decision, and what this means for them.
The preferred corridor for Ōtaki to north of Levin
The preferred corridor is a combination of the southern section known as S6 and the northern section N4.
These shortlisted options received support during community engagement held in early 2018. Questions raised in community conversations led to further assessments being carried out, where we considered ecological, heritage, social, noise and vibration aspects. These have helped shape our way forward.
The preferred corridor delivers strongly on safety and resilience, which are high priorities for many in the community, and for the project. It will also provide connections to urban areas and planned growth areas and supports options to make Levin town centre a better place to live and move around.
It is the shortest route of the options considered, and is expected to shift the most traffic off the existing state highway.
Further information on the corridor selection process will soon be available on our website at www.nzta.govt.nz/o2nl.
Next steps for the project
The corridor we have identified is much wider than what will be required for the new road. The best location for the highway within the preferred corridor will be investigated and developed, and we will accommodate adjustments for a number of factors. Subject to funding approval, we intend to progress this work between now and early 2020.
We will also be seeking to understand the effects on individual properties, such as possible noise or visual impacts, and we will consider how these can be avoided, minimised or mitigated.
Thank you for your patience this year as we’ve sought feedback from the community on shortlisted corridor options, as well as completed the re-evaluation of the Ōtaki to north of Levin corridor to ensure the work aligned with the Government’s new vision for our land transport system.
We recognise this time of year is especially busy, but we wanted to let you know as soon as possible about the selected corridor, as we had committed to when we last updated you in October.
Please be in touch if you have any questions, by emailing O2NL@nzta.govt.nz or calling 0508 625 4636.