Transmission Gully route to be done by Christmas 2020

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency says Wellington’s vital new transport route into and out of the capital is scheduled to open before Christmas 2020. …

“Transmission Gully is a highly complex project being built on 27km of very difficult terrain. Progress has been slower than anticipated due to a number of issues encountered during construction including the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 which diverted resources and materials,” says Mr Ratcliffe.

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New Ōtaki to north of Levin road, details 30 January 2020

Roading news, following the funding announcement earlier this week. There will be a 4 lane road and a separated shared path for walking and cycling running the entire length of the new highway.

Four-laning State Highway 1 from Ōtaki to north of Levin (Ō2NL) continues the Kāpiti Expressway north of Wellington to support growth in Levin and provide a safer and more resilient route.

The NZ Upgrade Programme will spend $817 million on a new 24-kilometre highway, built to the east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1) alignment.

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Funding for local transport January 2020

Transport funding was announced yesterday. It includes money for rail and the Ōtaki to North of Levin section of SH1:

The Government announced funding for four major rail projects on Wednesday [29 January 2020] as part of a $12 billion infrastructure package. One of the projects includes the Capital Connection commuter route, which runs between Palmerston North and Wellington on week days.

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Fewer crashes nearby in 2019

Safety might be improving on the stretch of road between Ōtaki and Levin. While frequent congestion is still obvious, and perhaps even getting worse, the number of crashes and fatalities has declined between 2018 and 2019.

In response to an Official Information Request we received the following information.

Crashes reported to the Wellington Transport Operations Centre on SH1 between Mill Road (Ōtaki) and Hokio Beach Road (Levin):

In 2018 there were 64 crashes. 12 incidents required the road to be closed and 2 were recorded as causing delays. The remaining 50 incidents were recorded as the road remained open with no delays.

In 2019 there were 43 crashes. 4 incidents required the road to be closed and another 3 were recorded as causing delays. The remaining 36 were recorded as the road remained open with no delays.

In 2018 four people died as a result of four vehicle crashes.

In 2019 one person died as a result of one vehicle crash.

See also: Crashes and congestion nearby in 2019.

Attached is the actual reply to the Official Information Request: OIA-6257 response (120 KB PDF).

Crashes and congestion nearby in 2019

We all know how problematic SH1 is between the Ōtaki roundabout and the corner of Hokio Beach Road in Levin (by Gipsy Caravans). In 2019 we kept a running log, based mainly on the NZTA Twitter account, of crashes and congestion that affect us here at Waikawa Beach.

Key details are below, but in summary: 7 crashes that closed the road or caused congestion, and 9 other days where congestion in that area was a problem. There were also many occasions where congestion between Wellington and Ōtaki was a problem.

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Beach access upgraded 29 November 2019

The Horowhenua District Council have graded the Manga Pirau Street beach access, added mulch to help stabilise the sand and blocked off the illegally created track.

The mulch is an experiment but if folks drive in a way to avoid ripping up the track it should help a bit.

Work was completed before 0930 on 29 November 2019.

Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.
Mulch has been laid to help stabilise the sand on the track.

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