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Mt Messenger road closures tomorrow – expect significant delays


Motorists are advised to plan head to avoid significant delays if traveling State Highway 3 over Mt Messenger tomorrow (Friday 16 July).

Emergency road surface repairs are needed on SH3 at Mount Messenger to ensure the safety of motorists. Due to the narrow road environment, there is no there is no way to get traffic safely through the site while crews are working.  

SH3 will be closed at the base of Mt Messenger on either side for an hour, before opening for half an hour from 10am until 5.00pm. Road closure times will be as follows: 


10:00am to 11:00am


11:00am to 11:30am


11:30am to 12:30pm


12:30pm to 1:00pm


1:00 pm to 2:00pm


2:00pm to 2:30pm


2:30pm to 3:30pm


3:30pm to 4:00pm


4:00pm to 5:00pm

Motorists are encouraged to time their travel over Mt Messenger before 10am or after 5pm, where possible.   

In the event of unsuitable weather, work will be postponed. Please visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website ( link)) before travelling for up to date information about the road closures and traffic. 

Waka Kotahi thanks motorists for their patience.

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