Whangarei to Port Marsden State Highway Upgrade
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The first stage of the Whāngārei to Te Hana programme is planned between Whāngārei and Port Marsden Highway (SH15).
The Whangarei to Port Marsden State Highway Upgrade project will see 22 kilometres of state highway upgraded to four lanes between Northport, the major shipping port in Port Marsden, and Whangarei, the regional capital of the Northland Region.
Upgrading the road to four lanes and separating traffic will provide a more reliable connection between the Whangarei and the port - which exports 3 million tonnes of freight per year - while also improving safety.
The project forms parts of a larger programme to upgrade road connections between Auckland and Whangarei. Other projects along this corridor include the Warkworth to Wellsford Road project (indicative route released in February 2017) and the Pūhoi to Warkworth Public-Private Partnership (under construction).
In mid-2018 the Whangarei to Te Hana programme was re-evalauted by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to align it with the NZ Government's priorities outlined in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport. Re-evaluation was completed in October 2018, with the NZTA announcing the recommended programme of works, which only included future-proofing for a new route between Whangarei and SH15.
Originally, the project was to be developed in two sections Oakleigh and Port Marsden constructed within three to five years, and Whangarei and Oakleigh constructed within five to seven years. Construction of the first section was expected to begin in 2019, with a cost estimated between NZ$400 million and NZ$500 million.
NZTA states further details on cost, scope and timing of the new route depend on growth and funding priorities across the rest of New Zealand. Further details are likely once all project re-evaluations are completed by NZTA, expected in December 2018.
Last reviewed: 30/04/2019