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Project introduction

Safety improvements on State Highway 1 (SH1) from Taylors Road to the SH57 intersection include a new roundabout at the SH1/SH57 intersection, stretches of edge and median barriers, wider centrelines and turnarounds. Plus, a review of the speed limits on SH1 from Taylors Road to Kawiu Road.

SH1 south of Levin community engagement – July 2021

14 Jul 2021

We are seeking feedback on the proposed safety improvements on SH1 between Taylors Road and the SH57 intersection. These improvements will make the corridor safer in the meantime, while work progresses to deliver the new Ōtaki to north of Levin highway within the next decade.

We’d also like to hear your thoughts on the current speed limits on SH1, between Taylors Road and Kawiu Road. This feedback will help us determine if a speed limit change will improve safety.

Details about the proposed changes and community drop-in sessions are available below.

Feedback closes on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

Submit your feedback online

  • Project type

    Safety improvements, Speed review
  • Project status


Project updates

Proposed safety improvements

The following safety improvements have been proposed:

  • Build a roundabout at the SH1/SH57 intersection improve safety on this busy intersection connecting two state highways with the railway line. Roundabouts also reduce speed, making it easier for you to choose the right time to enter flowing traffic.
  • Install stretches of median barriers between Taylors Road and Manakau to prevent head-on crashes.
  • Install turnarounds and right-turn bays to offer a space to turn for traffic that will not be able to turn right across the highway in locations where there are median barriers.
  • Install stretches of side barriers on the western side of the road between Tatum Park and St Stephen’s Church and south of the Ōhau River bridge.
  • Widening the centrelines to provide greater separation between vehicles.

These safety improvements fit within the existing highway corridor, and are designed to transition traffic off the dual-lane, median seperated Peka Peka to Ōtaki (PP2Ō) expressway onto the single-lane SH1 north of Ōtaki.

Community input will help fine tune the safety designs.

Safe speeds

Alongside the infrastructure safety improvements, we are reviewing the current speed limits on SH1 between Taylors Road and the 50/70 change north of Levin – just beyond Kawiu Road. This is to make sure the speeds are safe for the road.

Regardless of the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed.

As a busy state highway with both high-risk intersections and rural residences it is important the speed limits on SH1 reflect the risk on the road. Engagement with the community helps us get feedback and local knowledge on how you use the road and your concerns. This feedback helps us determine if a speed limit change is the best thing to do to improve road safety, where any proposed new speed limits would begin or end, and if any other safety improvements are needed.

Current speeds in the area under review

Location Posted speeds SH1 Average speeds SH1
Levin town centre 70/50 change to Levin south 50/80 change 50km/h 50km/h
Levin south 50/80 change to Bishops Road 80km/h 79km/h
Bishops Road to North Manakau Road 100km/h 89km/h
North Manakau Road to south of Honi Taipua Street 80km/h 80km/h
South of Honi Taipua Street to north of Waitohu Valley Road 100km/h 87km/h

Drop-in sessions

We’d also like to hear your thoughts on the proposed safety improvements and current speed limits on SH1 south of Levin.

Check out our online interactive map where you can leave your comments, or come and see us at one of our drop-in sessions:

  • Tuesday 20 July, 5pm–6.30pm at Ohau Hall, 14 Muhunoa West Road, Ohau
  • Tuesday 27 July, 5pm–6.30pm at Ōtaki Memorial Hall, next to Library Ōtaki, Ōtaki
  • Wednesday 28 July, 5pm–7pm at Manakau Community Hall, 12 Mokena Kohere Street, Manakau
  • Saturday 31 July, 10am–2pm at the Ō2NL Project Office, 171 Oxford Street, Levin

The Ō2NL Project Office will be open to the public between 9am–5pm on Thursdays from 15 July–5 August 2021.

Feedback closes on Wednesday, 11 August 2021.

Submit your feedback online(external link)

Project Contacts

Ōtaki to north of Levin project team –
More contact info
  • Phone: 0508 625 4636
  • Alternatively you can write to us:
    Ōtaki to north of Levin Project Team
    Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Level 5)
    Private Bag 6995
    Wellington 6141