State Highway One Transformation
State Highway 1 is a key resource in our local roading network. It services and connects our communities and facilitates the movement of people, freight and business through our District.
Following the opening of the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway, the current State Highway 1 (SH1), between Poplar Avenue and Peka Peka, is no longer required for state highway purposes. It will become a fit-for-purpose local road.
Transitioning SH1 to a local road is a formal process. It involves 'revoking' or removing SH1’s classification as a national highway and transferring responsibility for SH1 from Waka Kotahi (the NZ Transport Agency) to the Council.
We're working with Waka Kotahi to deliver a fit-for-purpose local road that improves our district's resilience and enhances connectivity across Kāpiti. The Poplar Avenue to Peka Peka Road section of SH1 will continue to operate as an emergency by-pass route.
Improving access to and from the Paraparaumu and Waikanae town centres, improving connections to and from rail and bus hubs, and enhancing cycling and walking options are key deliverables of this project.
In making SH1 a fit-for-purpose local road, a variety of factors have been considered including the quality of the road, kerbs, shared paths, cycle lanes, planting and urban design, speed limits, and renaming of the road.
October 2023 update
Waka Kotahi is progressing work transform the road from a high-capacity highway to a local road. This includes making the road safer for walking and cycling and laying a new road surface. This work is expected to be completed by the end this calendar year.
Visit Waka Kotahi's Northern Corridor improvements page for more information about these works.
Transforming this stretch of highway into a local road is a joint initiative between Council and Waka Kotahi, with responsibility for the programme of physical works resting with Waka Kotahi. For more info, see NZTA's website.
See the NZTA/Council project agreement [PDF 16.54 MB] for the revocation of SH1.