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Mt Messenger Bypass consents and designation applications – January 2018

What's happening

Following the selection of the preferred route for the Mt Messenger Bypass, the NZ Transport Agency lodged a Notice of Requirement (NOR) and applications for the necessary resource consents with the New Plymouth District Council and Taranaki Regional Council.

The applications are required under the Resource Management Act 1991(external link) to construct, operate and maintain the Mt Messenger Bypass.

You can find all the relevant information on the New Plymouth District Council website(external link).

We ran some drop-in sessions and information stalls at local events and venues in Taranaki from 10–18 February 2018.

Selected route for Mt Messenger bypass – August 2017

What's happening

The preferred route for the Mt Messenger Bypass was announced.(external link) The bypass of Mt Messenger is 5.2km long with additional work at the southern end creating about 6km of improvements. It is located east of the existing highway (identified as Option C in the June 2017 public engagement). The route includes a bridge about 110m long and an estimated 230m long tunnel under the ridgeline south-east of Mt Messenger.

When 31 August 2017

Update on Options – June 2017

What's happening

As we get closer to selecting a preferred route option for the Mt Messenger Bypass Project, we’d like to share some options with you.

Feedback from the earlier consultation (2016/17) showed strong support for a route that provides travel time, safety and reliability benefits, however there were concerns about environmental and cultural impacts of a bypass.

We have carried out further investigations and design work, and would like to get your views on the options.

For more information see the media release.


Please join us at one of our drop-in sessions:

  • Thursday 15 June: 1 – 3pm Bryan Robb Lounge, TSB Showplace, 92-100 Devon Street, New Plymouth
  • Friday 16 June: 10am – 1pm Mud Bay Café, 18 Ngakoti Street, Urenui
  • Friday 16 June: 3 – 6pm Mokau Community Hall, 28 North Street, Mokau
Our team of specialists will be on hand to discuss the proposals and answer any questions you may have.
What's involved

Read the information on the route options [PDF, 3 MB] and frequently asked questions.
We welcome your feedback about the options(external link).

Coming up It is expected an announcement on a preferred option for the project will be made in the coming months.

Programme launch

What's happening The Transport Minister Simon Bridges officially launched(external link) the Awakino Gorge to Mount Messenger Programme and start of the SH3 Safety and Resilience Improvements Project in Mokau.

To mark the event, an information board about the Programme, was unveiled and stands in front of the Mokau Museum.
When The event occurred on 17 May 2017.

Community Consultation on Options

What's happening We consulted on route options for the Mt Messenger Bypass Project and Awakino Tunnel Bypass Project along with other safety and resilience improvements for the 58km stretch of State Highway 3 from the Awakino Gorge to Mount Messenger:
  • Awakino Tunnel Bypass Project – two proposed route options.
  • Mt Messenger Bypass Project – three proposed route options.
  • SH3 Improvements Project – a two-stage approach for safety and resilience improvements.
For more information see the Community Consultation on Options Summary Booklet [PDF, 3.3 MB] and the frequently asked questions [PDF, 340 KB].
Purpose We wanted to know what options the local communities and other stakeholders favoured and the reasons for their choices.
Consultation period There was a six week consultation from 21 November 2016 to 6 January 2017.
Consultation findings Read the Consultation of Options Report – April 2017 [PDF, 9.4 MB]
Announcement The preferred options for the Awakino Tunnel Bypass Project and SH3 Safety and Resilience Improvements Project, along with the next steps for the Mt Messenger Bypass Project have been announced(external link).