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Major works to improve road surface in New Plymouth


The NZ Transport Agency will be undertaking major asphalt resurfacing works on the urban area of State Highway 3, between Vickers Road and Smart Road, from Sunday 15th April.

The site will have the existing road surface removed and a new asphalt surface applied, with all service covers being adjusted to match the new road surface levels.

Repairs are programmed to take one month with the majority of works being completed at night, between the hours of 6pm and 6am. To complete these works in the shortest possible timeframe, the team will use large specialised machinery. This work is weather dependent, so changes to the start and continuation of the work may occur.

The Transport Agency’s System Manager, Ross I’Anson, says the upgrade between Vickers Road and Smart Road, on State Highway 3, will be a significance improvement for both visitors to the region and regular road users.

“The Transport Agency is very pleased to deliver this package of work to Taranaki, it will sit very well alongside the new expressway into Northgate.

“Please be aware there will be some delays for the duration of the project. Unfortunately this is unavoidable whenever these types of works are undertaken on the State Highway, however the team will be doing as much as they can to minimise delays through the site.

“We’d like to suggest people plan ahead, consider the delay and add the time required on to their trip.

“We’d like to apologise and thank you for your patience in advance for the disruption but the work will result in a better road surface for everybody who uses it,” Mr I’Anson says.

For updates on state highway conditions in Taranaki: link)

For updates on state highway conditions in Whanganui/Manawatu: link)

Updates will also be on our Central North Island social media accounts: link) link)