The Ōtaki to north of Levin project will accommodate expected future traffic volumes and support the growth of our communities. An independent economic impact report anticipates the new expressway to Wellington will generate 5,800 new jobs and 5,100 new homes in Horowhenua.
The expressway will form part of the Wellington Northern Corridor and is a Roads of National Significance project.
NZTA's first consultation round complete
The first of two rounds of consultation to determine the location of the expressway, interchanges, cycle and walking pathways and much more is complete. Over 1,600 people attended a wide range of community events during the consultation, 217 feedback forms were received, and people put 553 pins and stickers on NZTA maps to highlight what is important to them.
Key suggestions included (supplied by NZTA):
- Strong support for Bypass to ease congestion in Levin
- Ideas about going east or west of Levin
- Unique features of the District that should be preserved including highly productive soils, the special character of villages, marae, rural lifestyle zones and heritage buildings
- The spiritual and visual connection between Lake Horowhenua and the Tararua Ranges.
NZTA has established a project reference group which has been set up to continue discussions with the community through the next stage of the project.
Horowhenua District Council’s submission on the first consultation round can be viewed below (extract from HDC's Strategy Committee Agenda 5 July 2017). Council has committed to working with the community and NZTA throughout this process.
Second round of consultation scheduled
A second round of consultation will take place later in late October, 2017.
During this second round of consultation, NZTA expects it will have a better idea of where the alignment of the expressway may be.
NZTA will make a recommendation to its Board early next year – The alignment is not considered a preferred option until the Board has endorsed it.
Photo of Kapiti Expressway (above): Mark Coote - www.markcoote.com