SH1 safety changes — have your say by Wednesday 11 August

From [14 July 2021], Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking for feedback from communities in and around Ōtaki and Levin about proposed safety improvements and current speed limits on State Highway 1 (SH1).

In the five years from 2016 to 2020, seven people lost their lives and 28 people were seriously injured on SH1 between Ōtaki and Levin. …

Waka Kotahi is planning a combination of safety improvements to SH1, including painted wide centrelines, side and median barriers, three new turnaround locations and a new roundabout at the SH1/SH57 intersection. Some safety improvements have already been installed in Manakau and Ohau. …

“We want to tap into local knowledge and find out what people think of our proposed infrastructure changes, as well as the current speed limits on SH1 between Taylors Road in Ōtaki and just beyond Kawiu Road north of Levin.

“Even when speed doesn’t cause the crash, it’s what will most likely to determine whether you or someone you love is killed, injured, or walks away unharmed from that crash. That’s why we need to make sure that speeds are safe and appropriate for the road.

“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. We want to hear what locals and people who travel this route regularly think about the current speed limits, how they use the road and what their concerns might be.”

Feedback gathered through the engagement period will feed into the technical assessment of the road to help Waka Kotahi determine whether to propose speed limit changes to improve safety, where any proposed new speed limits would begin or end, and if any other safety improvements are needed. …

The public engagement period runs from today, Wednesday 14 July, until Wednesday 11 August.

How to have your say

People can find out more and have their say by:

  • Visiting nzta.govt.nz/sh1-south-of-levin
  • Emailing O2NL@nzta.govt.nz
  • Phoning 0508 625 4636, or;
  • Writing to O2NL Engagement, Private Bag 6995, Wellington 6141, or;
  • Attending one of the drop-in sessions:
    • Tuesday 20 July, 5pm–6.30pm at Ohau Hall
    • Tuesday 27 July, 5pm–6.30pm at Ōtaki Memorial Hall
    • Wednesday 28 July, 5pm–7pm at Manakau Hall
    • Saturday 31 July, 10am–2pm at the Ō2NL Project Office, 171 Oxford Street, Levin

Source: Locals asked to have their say on SH1 Ōtaki to Levin improvements | Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.

Read the SH1 south of Levin safety improvements brochure (PDF).

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