Following engagement with key stakeholders and the community, early safety improvements were carried out in February 2019. Further improvements including wide centrelines were implemented early 2021.
More extensive safety improvements are currently being designed. This work will help improve safety on the road, reduce crashes and ease congestion.
Waka Kotahi has partnered with New Plymouth District Council to build a new roundabout on SH3 at De Havilland Drive, providing motorists with safer access to the airport following the realignment of Airport Drive. New roundabouts are also proposed for Princess Street, Waitara, and SH3a intersections.
The roundabouts will make these intersections, which are some of the country’s highest-risk intersections, safer and help ease congestion on the route. They will be built over three construction seasons to help reduce the impact on traffic and residents.
This project was originally split into two sections, but all safety improvements will now be delivered as one project by Waka Kotahi.