To complete this work SH3 between Nelson Street and Bayly Street will be closed from 11 December 2023 until 2 February 2024, with a detour through Waitara township.
Workers will be onsite 12 hours a day, six days a week except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Night works will be required from time to time.
Traffic management staff will be on site 24/7. Emergency Services will be able to travel through the closure site.
While the road is closed, workers will also install a watermain for New Plymouth District Council – preventing the need for council to come back and do this work later.
To keep the detour route safe for everyone, we will implement a number of temporary safety changes:
- Sections of Nelson Street and Bayly Street with 80km/h speed limits will be temporarily reduced to 50km/h for the duration of the SH3 closure.
- A 30km/h temporary speed limit will be in place on McLean Street from Grey Street through to West Quay, at the intersection of Bayly and Princess Streets, and at the intersection of Richmond and Princess Streets. Access to and from Harris Street and Richmond Street at this intersection will also change.
- Temporary traffic lights will be installed at pedestrian crossings on the detour route outside schools and Waitara Pool.
We will also monitor traffic and make changes where required.
Princess Street East/Tikorangi
Princess Street through the intersection with SH3, and a small section of the southbound lane on Rahiri St, will be reduced to one lane under stop/go traffic management with a 30km/h temporary speed limit in place. People should expect delays of five minutes.
There will be no access to SH3 from Princess Street.
Residents and businesses on Mamaku Road
The intersection of SH3 and Mamaku Road will be closed for the duration of the SH3 closure. Residents and businesses on Mamaku Road will be able to access SH3 via Waitara Road.
The decision to keep this intersection closed was made as it would be unsafe to allow residents to travel through while construction is underway.
We acknowledge that this is a significant inconvenience for residents and business on Mamaku Road, however this closure will allow us to get this important work done as quickly as possible avoiding prolonged disruption to the community and everyone who uses the road.
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