SH3/Raynes Road intersection safety improvements

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Project introduction

The intersection of State Highway 3 and Raynes Road, between Rukuhia and Hamilton, has been identified as high-risk. We’re looking at options to make it safer, to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on this road.

  • Estimated project cost

    $10 million
  • Project type

    Road improvements
  • Project status


Project updates


The intersection of State Highway 3 and Raynes Road has been identified as high-risk and can be made safer.

  • Background

    Between 2011 and 2021, there were 30 crashes at this intersection resulting in one death, five people seriously injured and twelve others with minor injuries. The majority of these crashes were caused by motorists turning right onto SH3 from Raynes Road.

    We have investigated options and determined a roundabout is the best approach to improving this intersection.

  • What we're doing

    NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi secured funding from the 2021-24 National Land Transport Programme to progress site investigations and engagement to complete the detailed design of the proposed improvements.

    We have engaged with Ngāti Wairere as mana whenua, key stakeholders, landowners and road user groups, We are committed to keeping the community and local businesses updated throughout this project.

    We have completed the design phase and we are awaiting a decision on funding before we apply for consents under the Resource Management Act.

    We have applied for funding to build the roundabout from the 2024-27 National Land Transport Programme, with a decision on this expected later in 2024. The total cost estimate for the project is around $10 million.

    National Land Transport Programme


Project timeline

Key milestones


Feasibility study

Completed early 2022

Detailed design funding application and approval

Completed mid-2022

Mana whenua, stakeholder, landowner and community consultation on the proposed safety improvements

October 2022 – mid-2023

Detailed design completed. Apply for construction funding from National Land Transport Programme 2024–2027


Construction begins – if funding confirmed

To be confirmed

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