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$476 million will be invested on maintaining and upgrading Taranaki’s transport system during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to help support the region’s residential and economic growth.

Taranaki NLTP 2022 update

Graphic showing 476 million forecast investment

 

Latest news

A digger being carried by a helicopter to the construction site

Construction and environmental protection working side by side at Mt Messenger

Work on Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass is pressing ahead with the construction of a safer, more resilient route between Taranaki and the Waikato alongside significant biodiversity enhancement in the surrounding area, for decades to come.

Construction and environmental protection working side by side at Mt Messenger

A person holds a Stop/Go sign in the middle of the road

Forgotten World Highway improvements

Journeys along the Forgotten World Highway are now safer and easier, with the first stage of sealing work through the Tāngarākau Gorge completed.

Signed, sealed, delivered – Tāngarākau Gorge stage one is done

Diggers and trucks work to reseal the road

Ambitious resealing programme completed

March was a big month for roadworks across Taranaki, with over 24kms of state highway resealed across the region. Four nationwide crews worked across the network to complete the job.

Seal-iously busy March on Taranaki state highways

Major work underway

Map showing location of key projects in the Taranaki region

View larger map [PDF, 682 KB]

Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass

Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass aims to deliver a safer and more resilient route between Taranaki and the King Country. The project will see a new 6km road built from Uruti to Ahititi, avoiding the existing steep, narrow and winding route over Mt Messenger on SH3. Following a positive High Court decision confirming consents for the project, preparation works are underway on the cableway that will carry machinery and people over 600 metres of forest to build the 6km route.  

Te Ara o Te Ata: Mt Messenger Bypass

Te Ara Tūtohu: Waitara to Bell Block

SH3 between Bell Block and Waitara is a key route for freight, locals and visitors to the region but too many people are dying and being seriously injured in crashes on this stretch of highway. As part of Road to Zero, we’re making the road safer by building roundabouts at the four high-risk intersections along the route and installing median barriers, rumble strips and other safety improvements. Stormwater infrastructure work is currently underway with construction of the first roundabout at the intersection of Princess Street and SH3 on track to begin in the 2022/23 summer.

Te Ara Tūtohu: Waitara to Bell Block

SH3 New Plymouth to Hāwera

Safety improvements for SH3 between New Plymouth and Egmont Village, including a roundabout at Mangorei Road, are currently being designed. Additionally, work is underway to assess the feasibility of installing safety improvements such as a median barrier between Egmont Village and Hāwera.

SH3 New Plymouth to Hāwera

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

We’re undertaking a programme of improvements on the Forgotten World Highway funded through Kānoa – Regional Economic Development and Investment Unit and the regional allocation of the NZ Upgrade Programme. The improvements aim to boost tourism to the Taranaki region, making the road safer for locals and increasing the resilience of the Central North Island’s transport network. Stage one of work to seal the unsealed section of road through the Tāngarākau Gorge was completed in May and work to seal the remaining 10-km section will start next in summer 2022-23.

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

Speed reviews - SH45, SH44, SH3 and SH3A

Community engagement on speed limits for a number of highways in the region was completed late 2021. A summary of the feedback that was received is now online.

Taranaki speed reviews

SH43 Tunnel Hill retaining wall

Work continues on the 14-metre high retaining wall extending 33-metres along SH43 to repair an under slip on the Forgotten World Highway, 23km southwest of Taumarunui. This work will enable the road to re-open to two lanes following a slip in 2018.

Work to reinstate SH43 at Tunnel Hill, Aukopae

Ahititi stock effluent disposal unit

A new stock effluent disposal unit is being built on SH3 at Ahititi. The new facility will ensure that stock trucks continue to have a reliable and safe disposal facility to minimise environmental risks in the area.

Work to replace SH3 Ahititi stock effluent disposal facility

Maintenance update

Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:

  • Rehabilitation (completely rebuilding the road) – 9.1 lane kms
  • Resurfacing (replacing asphalt) – 7.2 lane kms
  • Resealing (adding new layer of chipseal) – 73.7 lane kms
  • SCRIM resealing (improving skid resistance) – 9.1 lane kms
  • Network renewed – 7.5%
  • Total state highway maintenance spend – $37,955,394

Maintenance infographic for 2021/22 [JPG, 987 KB]

Planned maintenance for 2022/23:

  • Rehabilitations – 14.6km
  • Resurfacing – 8.7km
  • Resealing – 77.2km
  • Percentage of network to be renewed – 7.6%
  • Total state highway spend – $28m

Maintenance infographic for 2022/23 [PNG, 153 KB]

Consultations

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.

Interim State Highway Speed Management Plan consultation