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Project introduction

This project improved road and roadside safety on State Highway 57 between Shannon and Levin from Graham Road to Heatherlea E Road. These safety improvements include safety barriers, rumble strips, more visible signs, a wider shoulder, a right turning bay and wide centrelines along some sections.

  • Estimated project cost

    $8.5 million
  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


Project updates

SH57 safety improvements underway
Media release,
SH57/SH1 to Shannon overview map
Project maps, (PDF)

What we've done

We've made the following safety improvements:

  • Safety barriers to prevent vehicles hitting something much less forgiving, like a tree or deep ditch.
  • Wide centrelines to provide greater separation between vehicles.
  • Rumble strips to give drivers a wake-up call if they stray across the white line.
  • Wider sealed shoulder at the side of the road to give recovery room for drivers who drift out of their lane or lose control.
  • Relocated power poles

We also worked to improve safety for people on the road around the Garden of York shop with:   

  • A wider sealed shoulder at the side of the road
  • A new turning bay to make it easier to turn right into the Garden of York
  • Improved stormwater management to cover deep culverts and improve safety on the road shoulders.

Further work to improve safety on State Highway 57 is being undertaken between State Highway 1 and Levin through the Ōtaki to North of Levin project.

Check out the Ōtaki to North of Levin project in further detail(external link).