Puhoi to Wellsford

The Puhoi to Wellsford highway has been identified as a road of national significance with a strategic role in connecting the regions of Auckland and Northland. Due to existing and anticipated growth in these regions NZTA has the upgrade of this state highway as a priority to reduce congestion, improve safety and support economic growth.

LA4 are project team members for the motorway route selection studies and scheme assessment. The studies form part of the strategic assessment of this road of national significance.

A landscape assessment as part of the preliminary route investigations looked at landscape sensitivities and constraints associated with a number of options. This information was used to assist in the refinement of the preferred route. Further assessment of the options identified the main areas of landscape sensitivity and areas that should be avoided in order to minimise the landscape and visual effects. Recommendations were made for mitigation measures to assist in sensitively integrating the highway into the landscape setting.