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