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Project introduction

Safety improvements on State Highway 57 (SH57) from the SH1 intersection to Heatherlea East Road include a new roundabout at the Queen St/SH57 intersection, edge barriers, and wider centrelines. Plus, a review of the speed limits on SH57 from SH1 to Shannon.

May 2022

On Monday 30 May, the northbound detour on SH57 between SH1 and Tararua Road was lifted.

There will still be work undertaken on this section of SH57, but this is able to be completed with both traffic lanes open.

Stage 3

Work on SH57 between Tararua Road and Queen Street East is in progress on the road shoulder.

Stage 4, 5

Safety improvements on Arapaepae Road between Queen Street East and Heatherlea East Road will start after winter.

Roundabout layout

Traffic flow around the SH57 / Queen Street East intersection is restricted so we can build the new roundabout south/west area. 

People heading south on SH57 are able to travel straight through the new roundabout

There are no right hand turns into or out of Queen St. East, west of SH57.

The temporary bypass road to Queen St. East, east of SH57, is open for traffic travelling north or turning into the road from the south.

People travelling west on Queen St. East, east of SH57, can turn left onto SH57.

All local roads remain open. We ask people to use the local roads nearest your destination and filter traffic across the whole network to avoid damaging the road in any one place.

If you have any questions, please email or phone 0800 685 528.


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  • Project type

    Safety improvements, Speed review
  • Project status


Proposed changes

We plan to make the following safety improvements:

  • Build a roundabout at the Queen St/SH57 intersection to reduce speeds and make it easier for you to choose the right time to enter flowing traffic.
  • Install stretches of edge barriers to prevent vehicles hitting something much less forgiving, like a power poles or drainage ditches.
  • Widen the centrelines to provide greater separation between vehicles. The existing road seal will be widened to accommodate the safety and infrastructure and improve the overall integrity of the road.

These safety improvements fit within the existing highway corridor and are a continuation of the safety improvements further north on SH57 completed in early 2020.

Community input will help fine tune the safety improvement designs. Construction is expected to begin this summer and take approximately 18–24 months to complete.

Safe speeds

Alongside these safety improvements, we are reviewing the current speed limits on SH57 between SH1 and Shannon to make sure they are safe and appropriate for this road. Regardless of the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured or walks away unharmed.

Engagement with the community helps us get feedback and local knowledge on how you use the road and your concerns. The feedback gained helps us determine if and what proposed speed limit changes will be formally consulted on.

Previous safety improvements

We completed similar safety improvement work on SH57 between Heatherlea East Road and Graham Road in early 2020 as part of the SH57/SH1 to Shannon project.

Safety improvements on SH57 are part of the wider Ōtaki to north of Levin programme of works which included delivering the new Ōtaki to north of Levin highway within the next decade.

SH57/SH1 to Shannon project details
Ōtaki to north of Levin programme of works

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