Transport Minister Simon Bridges joined local dignitaries and staff from the Transport Agency in New Plymouth recently to formally open the $24m Vickers to City upgrade.
The 2.8km project was carried out to improve capacity, safety and resilience on a key section of SH3 between Vickers Road and Hobson Street.
Highway Manager Neil Walker says the ongoing land development at Waiwhakaiho and Bell Block, coupled with increased traffic movements to and from the port means the existing road was at capacity.
“The new route will enable freight to move more easily and efficiently through the area; local traffic will be less congested, and safety for all road users will be enhanced through a wider, straighter, and better-lit route, with improved walking and cycling facilities.”
The 18-month project has included new bridges at Waiwhakaiho and Te Henui, and the road has been widened to four lanes along most of the route. Walking and cycling facilities have been improved, the layout of the route’s intersections has been made safer for all road users, and drainage, signage and lighting has been upgraded along the length of the project.