$658 million is forecast to be invested in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland’s) land transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period. This will help create a safe, resilient network to carry local dairy, forestry, farming and horticulture products to export markets.
A new roundabout at the entrance to Kawakawa was opened in May with a dawn celebration led by local iwi. The safety improvements at SH1/SH11 will benefit all road users – freight, cyclists, visitors to the Far North, and locals. Since mid-2021 when the roundabout began operating, there has been a noticeable reduction in traffic queues, risky driving and noise.
Overweight vehicles have been stopped from using SH10’s Waitangi River Bridge because of safety concerns. This followed a routine safety inspection, which also saw the speed limit on the bridge temporarily reduced to 50km/h. Continued investigations will determine what work is needed to re-open the bridge to overweight vehicles.
The new two-lane roundabout and a second bridge for southbound traffic will improve safety and access at the Loop Road and SH1 intersection. Stage one was completed last year, with road resurfacing and traffic island installation scheduled to finish in late 2022. Stage two of the project is currently scheduled to begin late 2022.
Work is progressing on the new two-lane bridge across the Kāeo River and roundabout to improve traffic flow and safety along SH10. Preparation work is completed on the north side of the bridge, a temporary road has been installed around the worksite and the embankment on the Kāeo side reinforced.
The first, southern, stage of Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth was opened in May 2022. Waka Kotahi, NX2 and Fletcher/Acciona are working to complete the project as soon as possible, with the opening the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway next year. The 18.5-kilometre motorway will provide a safer, more resilient and reliable route for motorists travelling between Auckland and Northland.
The safety improvements project on SH1 between Wellsford and Warkworth through the Dome Valley has nearly completed four of its proposed stages. The fifth and final stage is currently being redesigned. Safety features along the highway now include side and median barriers, wider road shoulders and centre lines, improved sight lines, right turn bays, and new drainage and culverts.
The Whangārei to Port Marsden Highway four-laning project will not continue as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme. The government has asked Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail to implement a new option that focuses on safety improvements along the existing state highway, construction of a new rail line link to Northport, and rail improvements north of Whangārei. The corridor will be brought into a wider programme of works aimed at significantly reducing the number of crashes and saving lives between Whangārei and Wellsford.
Works will soon begin on the first stage of this project, covering 83kms of SH1. Safety improvements will include side and median barriers, wider road shoulders and centre lines, right turn bays, turnaround facilities and a new roundabout near Waipū township.
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
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.