Detour through Waitara to remain in place until September/October 2022
Earlier this year Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency began work to install a 760m stormwater pipe along SH3 from Manukorihi soccer fields to Princess Street. The new stormwater pipe will address flooding issues around Princess and Rahiri streets in addition to carrying stormwater runoff from the new roundabout at the Princess Street/SH3 Intersection once it’s built.
Additional pipe is now being installed to the stormwater discharge location near the border of the Manukorihi soccer fields adjacent to State Highway 3. All northbound vehicles except trucks will continue to detour through Waitara until September/October 2022 to enable this work to be completed.
Northbound freight continues to use SH3 under stop/go traffic lights to avoid potential safety issues associated with large vehicles travelling through Waitara.
Help us keep things moving
- Only trucks are permitted to use State Highway 3 when travelling north.
- The detour only adds about 6 minutes to journeys. Taking the highway does not save time and cars, utes, vans and motorcycles in the queue can cause big delays for both north and southbound traffic.
Waka Kotahi thanks the Waitara community for its patience and cooperation while this work is completed.
Comments, questions, and complaints
During the works, the detour route will be managed by Waka Kotahi. To provide feedback, ask questions or report any issues about the detour route or the state highway please get in touch using the contact details below.
Phone: 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)