Ōtaki to north of Levin
Preferred bidder announced
Greenfield (construction) or brownfield (government asset divestment) projects needed or likely to occur within the next five years, but is not formally proposed by a state, territory or major local government.
The project or divestment is supported by a state, territory or major local government, is subject to studies or other processes (such as pre-feasibility or scoping studies or business case development), and is likely to proceed to formal announcement.
The project has a firm commitment and timeline from a state, territory or major local government, but has not yet entered the market.
The project or transaction is under procurement (such as a call for Expressions of Interest, requests for tender, or another offer to the market).
Preferred bidder announced
A preferred bidder has been selected and is in exclusive negotiations.
Projects that have progressed to contractual close remain on ANZIP for 12 months.
ANZIP is focused only on major infrastructure activity, above the following thresholds:
Construction projects: > AUD$300m
Investable greenfield & brownfield: > AUD$100m
All greenfield and brownfield projects and divestments: > NZD $100 million
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is investigating improvements to the northernmost section of the Wellington Northern Corridor - Ōtaki to north of Levin.
The Wellington Northern Corridor project aims to provide a modern and safe highway network that can safely accommodate future traffic volumes and enhance inter-regional and national growth and productivity.
NZTA released a shortlist of route options in February 2018 for public consultation. All options run east of the existing State Highway 1 (SH1) and Levin Town Centre, linking up with SH1 north of Levin.
NZTA re-evaluated the project to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport following the release of the Draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP) earlier in 2018. The re-evaluation was completed in October 2018, with NZTA determining that a new road corridor be designated, envisaged as a two lane highway with allowance for four lanes in the future.
The preferred corridor for the project was announced in December 2018, comprising a combination of the S6 and N4 options proposed in February.
Construction timing and form of the new route will be considered further once all project re-evaluations identified in the TAIP are completed, expected in December 2018.
Subject to funding approval, NZTA will work with the community and stakeholders between now and early 2020 to progress design of the road.
The 2013 Wellington Northern Corridor Business Case addendum indicates an expected cost of NZ$162 million with a construction programme of 2019-2024.
NZ Project Lifecycle Status: Investigate.
Last reviewed: 13/12/2018