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SH3 Vickers to city upgrade opened

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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.

Transport Minister Simon Bridges joined local dignitaries and staff 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.

Quick Facts:

  • Nearly 2.5 km of stormwater and drainage pipe has been installed, close to 3500 tonnes of asphalt laid, and nearly 8,000 flaxes and shrubs have been planted.
  • 43 specimen trees have been planted, including Pohutukawa, Lemonwood, Magnolia, Kauri, Flowering Cherry and Liquid Amber
  • Since construction started, there have been approximately 18.9 million vehicle movements through the site, which is about 29,000 vehicles per day
  • The Waiwhakaiho Bridge weighs around 3470 tonnes. This is roughly the same as 193 double-decker buses.
  • Approximately 7,000m2 of footpath and islands have been installed
  • 100 street light poles have been removed and replaced with new poles and cabling.
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