For the northern section between Whangārei and Port Marsden Highway, the government has instructed Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail to deliver an option that focuses on safety improvements along the existing state highway and a new rail line to Northport. This is being funded through the NZ Upgrade Programme.
Waka Kotahi and KiwiRail are now working together to further develop the NZUP project for consideration by Ministers. This will include confirming the scope, costs and timelines for the re-scoped project, as well as carrying out economic analysis.
New Zealand Upgrade Programme – Northland Package
This section of the project runs for 21km from the roundabout at Marsden Point Road to the base of the Brynderwyn Hills, passing the communities of Ruakaka and Waipū.
Funding is pending for some works to begin in early 2022, including a flexible median barrier and side safety barrier on the section of SH1 near Ruakaka School.
The Waipū community and stakeholders have provided extensive, thoughtful and detailed feedback on an initial proposal for intersections near the township, including a proposed roundabout at the intersection of SH1 and Shoemaker Road. The feedback is now being processed for our assessment of the designs, and the project team thanks everyone who took the time to provide their valuable comments and information.
We are continuing our design review for the Waipū intersections and making pre-construction preparations for other parts of the project. We will be presenting a summary of the Waipū feedback and the redesigned proposal back to the community and stakeholders in due course.
Detailed design work is underway with an expected completion date of June 2022.
Geotechnical investigations along the state highway corridor begin in June 2021.