The proposed Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway is the last section of the Wellington Northern Motorway.
The aim of developing the expressway is to:
- improve road safety as the current State Highway is a high crash zone;
- accommodate expected future traffic volumes – Horowhenua is growing and an additional 5,800 new jobs and 5,100 new homes are anticipated in Horowhenua by 2040;
- improve the resilience of the transport network connecting Ōtaki and Levin; and
- improve regional connectivity by strengthening the strategic economic link from Wellington through to central New Zealand.
The expressway has been on and off the table for over a decade, creating much anxiety for landowners and businesses.
In 2017, NZTA carried out a consultation on the Expressway that was followed by another round of consultation earlier this year – the purpose was to determine the route the Expressway would take.
NZTA was set to announce its preferred route in June, however this did not occur and instead the Agency announced it would re-evaluate the project – a process that will take several months.
Find out more
This is an NZTA engagement process, please visit www.nzta.govt.nz/O2NL to find out more.
Photo of Kapiti Expressway (above): Mark Coote - www.markcoote.com