Locations on SH3 north identified for roadside safety barrier


Journeys on SH3 north will soon be safer with work to install roadside barriers (guardrail) on parts of the route getting underway next week.

Guardrail will be installed at 6 sites across Uruti, Awakino and Pio Pio where there is a high risk of people running off the road and crashing into roadside hazards such as poles, ditches or trees.  

Crews will be installing the barrier with stop/go traffic management in place, with delays of between 5 to 10 minutes.

There will be crews on site from 6.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday.  

Temporary reduced speed limits will also be in place for the safety of crews and road users.

Access to properties will be maintained at all times, as will access for emergency services.

Dates and locations of work


  • Between 27 May and 13 June: Approximately 350 metres of guardrail over 2 sections will be installed (each side of the road), just south of Uruti Road.


  • Between 10 June and 26 June: Approximately 400 metres of guardrail over 3 sections will be installed on the northbound lane, south of Ye Old Mill Road.

Pio Pio

  • Between 25 June and 27 June: Approximately 240 metres of guardrail will be installed on the northbound lane, close to Paemako.

NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi thanks road users for their patience during this work, which will ultimately make these stretches of road safer.