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Project introduction

The Transport Agency has identified a preferred option for a new State Highway 3 route to connect the Manawatū, Tararua District, Hawke’s Bay and northern Wairarapa, to replace the closed SH3 Manawatū Gorge route.

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Replacement route

Map showing the preferred replacement route. For more information, contact the project team on

Replacement Route map

Road features

Length: 12.4km
from Woodville to Western Gorge entrance
Gradient: Average gradient of 5.8%
Travel time:
13 mins (general), 18 mins (freight)
from Woodville to Stoney Creek Road
Completion: 2024
Safety: 4-Star **** KiwiRAP


Key milestones

Milestone Date Action
Key stakeholder workshop Monday, 4 September 2017 Completed
Public information days (long list options presented) Online: Monday, 25 September 2017
Palmerston North: Monday, 25 September 2017
Woodville: Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Public open days (short list options presented) Palmerston North: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Woodville: Thursday, 12 October 2017
Ashhurst: Friday, 13 October 2017
Preferred option announced Early 2018 Completed
Final detailed business case April 2018 Pending
Public information sessions

Thursday July 19, 4-8pm, Ashhurst Village Valley Hall

Friday July 20, 4-8pm Ashhurst Village Valley Hall

Saturday, July 21, 10am-2pm, Ashhurst School

Wednesday, July 25, 4-8pm, Woodville Supper Room

Thursday, July 26, 4-8pm, Palmerston North Convention Centre

Tuesday, July 31, 4-8pm, Dannevirke Sports Centre (Supper Room)

Wednesday, August 1, 4-8pm, Pahiatua Town Hall (Supper Room)