Hi all, I’m sorry to bring you this news after building everyone up to expect chipseal roadworks outside on State Highway 1 next week.
Unfortunately, there was some damage to the highway surface this week and repairs will have to be made before the chipsealing can go ahead.
The damage is a result of the hot weather combined with the lengthy queues either side of this week’s accident at Ohau.
There were cars and trucks stationary for a long time on the sealed surface which started to melt to the tyres. The traffic then moved slowly and the surface was roughed up in places. We will need to fix the patches where this happened before resurfacing with new chipseal.
I’ll be in touch with new dates in the near future.
Lynsey Morgan – Customer and Stakeholder Communications, Fulton Hogan Regional Office
Once again all traffic, northbound and southbound, came to a standstill near Ōhau on Tuesday 12 January 2021, a very hot and sunny day. The crash happened around 1pm and the road reopened around 5 pm.
Our sympathies to those involved.
It’s only 4 weeks since the road was closed for a few hours in almost the same spot on 12 December 2020 when a cabin fell off a trailer on the Ōhau bridge. These road clsures are one of the perils of living at Waikawa Beach, I guess.
State Highway One, near Levin, has re-opened several hours after a serious crash closed the road – creating a massive backlog of traffic.…
The New Zealand Transport Agency earlier said there was no detour due to the location of the crash – near the Ōhau Bridge.
Police say two people were seriously injured in the crash, which involved a motorcycle and truck.
A helicopter was at the scene, and due to the lack of a detour, motorists were advised to avoid the area.
NZTA have sent an update about Community engagement on the Ōtaki to north of Levin highway:
In August and September  we hosted ten community drop-in sessions between Manakau, Ohau, Levin and Koputaroa about the draft preferred alignment of the new highway. Nearly 800 people came along to these sessions to find out more and have a chat with the team.
Our interactive map was available online and at drop-in sessions. We had more than 4000 visits to our interactive Social Pinpoint by more than 1300 online users. Of those users, 116 people provided 269 comments on the map. While the map is now closed for comments, you can still view comments made during engagement.
In addition, 26 people completed the feedback form and 67 people provided their feedback via email. We’ve also held over 100 meetings with property owners.
Analysis of feedback from this engagement period is ongoing, however we have identified some emerging themes from community feedback.
There were many discussions about:
the difference between a roundabout and a full interchange – and what could work best for the new highway,
how the east-west links will be maintained for walking and cycling,
what the interchange at Tararua Road could look like,
how people will access the new highway, and
what the new highway will mean for recreational horse riders.
The feedback will continue to be analysed in the coming weeks and we will update you again later this year. The full engagement report will be published next year, when we let property owners and the community know about refinements to the draft preferred alignment.
There’s an enormous amount of consultation going on at this early stage, but it will continue as the project moves on, even though construction is not planned to start until 2025.
And a note for recreational horse riders: the project scope does not include a bridleway. You may wish to lobby for horses to be included in the scope.