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SH3 New Plymouth to Hāwera (New Plymouth to Egmont Village)

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Project Introduction

We’re proposing safety improvements between New Plymouth and Egmont Village including a median barrier, roundabouts, safe turning opportunities and removing right turns out of Junction Street. Now we’ve heard what you think, we are working to finalise a design.

  • Project type

    Safety improvements
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Project update – January 2022

As part of the process of considering your feedback and investigating a final design, we’ll be doing some investigations along the corridor. This includes looking at the current road as well as the ground underneath and around it.

The first investigations will take place on Holly Oak Terrace and Allan Road on Monday, 31 January.

Access to these streets will be managed by traffic controllers. In case of wet weather, the work will take place on the next suitable day.

Once these investigations are complete, we’ll move on to investigating areas on and around Junction Street, Mangorei Road, Lake Mangamahoe, Plantation Road and Thomason Road.

Traffic management will also be in place for this to keep road user and our staff safe.

We will do our best to minimise disruption to journeys and appreciate your patience and cooperation while we carry out this work.

Project background

In 2018 a business case was developed for safety improvements on SH3 between New Plymouth and Hāwera. Following this, Waka Kotahi secured close to $2m in funding to design safety improvements between New Plymouth and Egmont Village.

The 9.75km stretch between New Plymouth to Egmont Village has been prioritised due to its high safety risk, with 77 accidents being reported between 2016 and 2020.

While New Plymouth to Egmont Village has been prioritised due to the high safety risk, safety improvements for the wider corridor between New Plymouth and Hāwera continue to be explored.

Map showing crash data for locations along SH3 between New Plymouth and Egmont Village

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Since funding was secured, we’ve been exploring improvement opportunities and speaking with those that could be directly affected.

These safety improvements are being proposed as part of the New Zealand Road Safety Strategy, Road to Zero 2020–2030, which aims to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads by 40% by 2030.

Now we’ve heard what you think, we’re working to consider your feedback and finalise a design.

Once a design has been finalised, we’ll share it with you and apply for funding through the National Land Transport Programme to construct the safety improvements.

The National Land Transport Programme is Waka Kotahi’s commitment to a safe, accessible land transport system for Aotearoa now and in the future.

Project timeline

2018 Single Stage Business Case - New Plymouth to Hāwera  Completed
2020 $2 million of design funding secured  Completed
Early 2021 Feasibility Study - New Plymouth to Egmont Village (9.75km)  Completed
Mid 2021 Safety improvements investigations and speaking wit those that could be directly affected  Completed
Late 2021 Community consultation  Completed
2022 Finalise design We are here
2022 Share final design with the community  
2022 Apply for constuction funding  
To be confirmed Construction