The government is defending spending more than $1 million designing a road that won't be built.
The Transport Agency (NZTA) announced last week plans for a four-lane Otaki to Levin expressway had been scrapped and instead the existing road would be upgraded.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee confirmed in parliament on Tuesday $1.1m was spent on investigation, design and preparatory work for the expressway."This work led NZTA to a decision to improve safety on the road and delay expenditure on the four-lane expressway, and I think that's money well spent," he said.
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