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.
With 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 the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) to the Council.
We're working with the NZTA to design and 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 will be considered including the quality of the road, kerbs, shared paths, cycle lanes, planting and urban design, speed limits, and renaming of the road.
June 2020 update
NZTA restarted work on its revocation project in May 2020. The original programme of work has been changed to minimise disruption to local businesses and communities in light of COVID-19. This means that less disruptive work will happen first.
The planned construction works for the Waikanae town centre (between the river bridge and Ngaio Road) and Paraparaumu town centre (between Ihakara St and Kapiti Rd) has been deferred until early 2021.
Work programme (subject to weather)
Poplar Avenue–Ihakara Street (Tuesday 22 June–Nov 2020)
This work will commence with stormwater upgrades, footpath and kerb and channel works.
Work will be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday – Friday.
The initial work will be across the existing road and in the berm and shoulder area to accommodate the installation of new stormwater pipe work. Access to properties will be maintained as two lanes of the road will remain open.
Following the stormwater installation there will be a new road layout to install, new kerb and channel, footpath and driveway crossovers. NZTA has advised that access to private residences will be maintained at all times.
Kāpiti Road–Waikanae bridge
This work is scheduled for later this year, with the exact timing yet to be advised. It will involve a similar process of investigation, followed by upgrades to the stormwater infrastructure and changes to the road layout, as outlined above.
SH1 through Waikanae and Paraparaumu town centres (early 2021)
This section of work has been deferred to allow some breathing space for businesses and the community once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
The work includes changes to the road layout and upgrades to the Te Moana Road and Ngaio Road intersections. The Council’s town centres work along SH1 will be scheduled to occur in conjunction with NZTA’s construction work. The Council’s town centres improvement work includes development of the transport hubs, ensuring our towns are better connected, making it is easier and safer for people to get around.
Transforming this stretch of highway to a local road is a joint initiative between us and the NZTA, and the programme of works is being carried out by NZTA. For more info, see NZTA's website.
See the NZTA/Council project agreement for the revocation of SH1.