Levin Expressway Uncertainty

June 14, 2018

The future of a proposed expressway between Ōtaki and Levin appears more uncertain after the New Zealand Transport Agency said the potentially billion-dollar project was being "re-evaluated".

 

Residents of about 400 houses affected by the nine routes options shortlisted for the proposed expressway earlier this year had been told a final route would be chosen by June.

 

But the agency now says it will be months before it can confirm the route, leaving hundreds of homeowners in limbo.

 

Emma Speight, the agency's director of Regional Relationships, says the Ōtaki to Levin project needed re-evaluation" to better align with the new Labour-led Government's transport policy and once it has been re-evaluated, it will be reconsidered.

 

The four-lane road, which could cost anywhere between $690 million and $1.06 billion, was intended to bypass Levin.

 

Transport Minister Phil Twyford says decisions on the Ōtaki to Levin project were made by the Transport Agency's board, at arm's length from the Government .

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