$476 million will be invested on maintaining and upgrading Taranaki’s transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to help support the region’s residential and economic growth.
Work on Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass is pressing ahead with the construction of a safer, more resilient route between Taranaki and the Waikato alongside significant biodiversity enhancement in the surrounding area, for decades to come.
Journeys along the Forgotten World Highway are now safer and easier, with the first stage of sealing work through the Tāngarākau Gorge completed.
March was a big month for roadworks across Taranaki, with over 24kms of state highway resealed across the region. Four nationwide crews worked across the network to complete the job.
Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass aims to deliver a safer and more resilient route between Taranaki and the King Country. The project will see a new 6km road built from Uruti to Ahititi, avoiding the existing steep, narrow and winding route over Mt Messenger on SH3. Following a positive High Court decision confirming consents for the project, preparation works are underway on the cableway that will carry machinery and people over 600 metres of forest to build the 6km route.
SH3 between Bell Block and Waitara is a key route for freight, locals and visitors to the region but too many people are dying and being seriously injured in crashes on this stretch of highway. As part of Road to Zero, we’re making the road safer by building roundabouts at the four high-risk intersections along the route and installing median barriers, rumble strips and other safety improvements. Stormwater infrastructure work is currently underway with construction of the first roundabout at the intersection of Princess Street and SH3 on track to begin in the 2022/23 summer.
Safety improvements for SH3 between New Plymouth and Egmont Village, including a roundabout at Mangorei Road, are currently being designed. Additionally, work is underway to assess the feasibility of installing safety improvements such as a median barrier between Egmont Village and Hāwera.
We’re undertaking a programme of improvements on the Forgotten World Highway funded through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit and the regional allocation of the NZ Upgrade Programme. The improvements aim to boost tourism to the Taranaki region, making the road safer for locals and increasing the resilience of the Central North Island’s transport network. Stage one of work to seal the unsealed section of road through the Tāngarākau Gorge was completed in May and work to seal the remaining 10-km section will start next in summer 2022-23.
Community engagement on speed limits for a number of highways in the region was completed late 2021. A summary of the feedback that was received is now online.
Work continues on the 14-metre high retaining wall extending 33-metres along SH43 to repair an under slip on the Forgotten World Highway, 23km southwest of Taumarunui. This work will enable the road to re-open to two lanes following a slip in 2018.
A new stock effluent disposal unit is being built on SH3 at Ahititi. The new facility will ensure that stock trucks continue to have a reliable and safe disposal facility to minimise environmental risks in the area.
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.