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Manawatū – Whanganui

 

$1.3 billion is forecast to be invested in the Manawatū-Whanganui region during the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to strengthen the region’s position as an important freight hub connecting the central North Island and support the local economy, regional development and urban growth. 

Manawatū – Whanganui NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 1.3 billion forecast investment

Latest news

A group of high school students holding certificates

High school students gain experience on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway

A group of high school students interested in a career in infrastructure have gained valuable insight into what it’s like to work on one of New Zealand’s major highway projects.

High school students gain experience on Te Ahu a Turanga: Manawatū Tararua Highway

Two large diggers working to clear a slip on the side of a road

Workin’ in a winter weather blast: CNI state highway works continue through winter

Recent wild weather left Central North Island state highway road maintenance contractors with a big clean-up job to ensure people and freight can continue to move safely and efficiently around the region.

Workin’ in a winter weather blast: CNI state highway works continue through winter

A sign showing the speed is reduced to 60 between 8.25-9am and 2.55-3.15pm on school days, with the words 'Kura School'

New safer speeds for safer journeys on SH3 Napier Road

Waka Kotahi has announced new safer permanent speed limits along SH3.

New safer speeds for safer journeys on SH3 Napier Road

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Manawatu and Whanganui regions

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Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway

Work continues on the new state highway between Ashhurst and Woodville.

Te Ahu a Turanga – Manawatū Tararua Highway

Ōtaki to north of Levin

A new four-lane highway from Ōtaki to north of Levin will be progressed, supporting growth in Levin and providing a safer and more resilient route.

Ōtaki to north of Levin proposed new highway

SH4 Whanganui to Raetihi repairs

Work to repair substantial damage to parts of SH4 between Whanganui and Raetihi following a major flood event in 2015 is ongoing. We are now working on the final major repair site, Auraki Stream, where we are relocating the road away from where it has failed and there is traffic management in place.

We are also working towards construction of a new permanent road at Te Oreore where a temporary road was constructed following a large slip in 2019.  

SH4 Whanganui to Raetihi repairs

SH1/SH3 Bulls to Sanson safety improvements

As well as looking at speed limits, we’re designing three infrastructure improvements between Bulls and Sanson:

  • a three-armed roundabout at the turn-off to RNZAF Base Ōhakea
  • a shared use path from Bulls to Ōhakea
  • a new CVSC (formerly weigh station) at the western corner of SH3 and Pukenui Road, under The Commercial Vehicle Safety Programme.

Subject to funding we expect construction to begin in the 2022/23 construction season.

SH1/SH3 Bulls to Sanson

Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge

We have constructed a new Manawatū River Bridge and Whirokino Trestle, and deconstructed the old Manawatū River Bridge. The new structures are able to carry HPMV loads, have improved route security, are safer and have improved walking and cycling facilities. Remaining works include local road tie-ins, final rest area works and completion of the northern abutment memorial (old Trestle Bridge.

Whirokino Trestle and Manawatū River Bridge

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 9.4 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 5.2 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 65.0 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 3.7 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 6.1%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $37,443,761

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 1.1 MB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 17.1km
  • Resurfacing – 3.4km
  • Resealing – 92.9km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 8.5%
  • Total state highway spend – $20.7m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 161 KB]

Consultations

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation