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Project introduction

We are reviewing speed limits on the existing SH1 and SH57 as part of our work to make travel in the Ōtaki to north of Levin corridor safer and more resilient. Currently, we are consulting on proposed new speeds for SH57 between the SH1 intersection and Shannon.

State Highway 57

Speed limits are one way of keeping people safe on the roads. Between 2015 and December 2020, there was 23 serious crashes on SH57 resulting in seven people killed and 24 people seriously injured.

Most crashes are caused by several factors, however even when it is not the primary cause of the crash, speed is the factor most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed. Construction is underway on the physical safety improvements on SH57, including the roundabout at the SH57/Queen St intersection.

What we are proposing

Passing lanes 

North of Heatherlea East Road there are currently two passing lanes, one for northbound and one for southbound traffic. If the speed on the road is changed to the proposed 80km/h, these passing lanes will be converted to slow vehicle lanes. These lanes will give slow vehicles the opportunity to pull to the left-hand side of the road and allow traffic travelling at the speed limit to pass safely.

Consultation submission form

Download the consultation submission form to have your say [PDF, 455 KB]

Speed review process

Changing a speed limit is a legal process and formal consultation is the next step after engagement. Submissions from the public and stakeholders during this stage might have an impact on the final decision. Once a decision is made based on the submissions, it will be published on our website and in our project updates.

The speed review process


Speeds are currently being considered on SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin as part of the current safety improvement project on this stretch of state highway. In July 2021, we spoke with the community to hear their thoughts on the current speed limits along with physical safety improvements.

Ōtaki to north of Levin safer roads and roadsides

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About the project

In 2018 the Ōtaki to north of Levin project was re-evaluated to ensure alignment with Government priorities.

Following re-evaluation, the re-focused plans include a review of speed limits on State Highway 1 (SH1) from Ōtaki to Levin as part of delivering short- and medium-term safety improvements on the existing state highway. Other aspects of the re-evaluated project include designating for a new route from Ōtaki to north of Levin which will have allowance for four lanes in the future and working to enhance public transport options and improve amenity within Levin.

Find out more about project re-evaluations