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What’s happening on Taranaki State Highways

On this page you’ll find information about planned maintenance work and projects to improve the state highways in the region.

Maintaining your roads

Well-maintained state highways are an important part of keeping people safe. While we aim to do this work with as little disruption as possible, we know that roadworks can be inconvenient. Thank you for your patience while we do this important work.

Please drive carefully through work sites and keep to the temporary speed limits. Plan ahead as road works on the state highway network may affect your journey times.

You’ll notice a lot of this work happens over the summer. This is because daylight hours are longer, and the warm temperatures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road surface.

Current maintenance works

Updated 27November 2020

Current and upcoming works

Location Description
SH43 Tunnel Hill slip site Reinstating the road to two lanes following an underslip in October 2019.
SH43 Hospital Hill Work to build a major retaining wall to address slumping of the road – underway.
SH3 Rugby Road Pavement renewal works
SH3 southern end of Inglewood Pavement renewal works
SH3 Mangamaio Pavement renewal works
SH3 Kakaramea Pavement renewal works
SH3 Intersection of Mountain and Rotokere Rd

Pavement stabilisation and resurfacing work

SH43 Otonui West, Tunnel Hill and Tahora

Flood damage repairs

SH4/43 Intersection Taumarunui

Asphalt resurfacing    

SH44 Dawson Street

Asphalt resurfacing  

SH45 Belair to Blagdon

Asphalt resurfacing  

SH44 Eliot to Gover

Asphalt resurfacing  

SH44 Liardet to Egmont

Asphalt resurfacing

SH45 Pak n’ Save to New World

Asphalt resurfacing

SH3 Stratford main street

After the Council has replaced the water main, we will be resurfacing the road

Completed works

Location Type of work
SH3 Mt Messenger maintenance Essential maintenance works
SH44 (St Aubyn Street) Liardet Street Safety improvements and asphalting
SH44 (St Aubyn Street) Kingwell Street to Calvert Road Resealing
SH3 Hawera Princes Street to Disraeli Street Road surface repairs
SH3/Victoria Street intersection, Hawera Road repairs
SH3/Matai Street, Inglewood Resealing
SH3 Waverly Township south Resealing
SH3 Rugby Road Road repairs – early drainage works
SH43 Pohokura Saddle retaining wall A retaining wall was built, reinstating the road to two lanes
SH45 Vivian Street intersection Work to create trenches under the road for traffic light cables
West of 3A intersection Resealing
SH44 Moturoa Shops intersection improvements Work to build a new half roundabout and a new signalised pedestrian crossing
SH45 Devon Street West to Vivian Street Road surface repairs and asphalting
Region wide Asphalting works at various sites
SH3 Hobson Street to Courtney Street Asphalting
SH4/SH43 intersection Asphalting
Devon Street East Asphalting

State Highway improvement projects

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block

Early safety improvements were carried out on this route in February 2019. More extensive improvements such as roundabouts and safety barriers are currently being designed, with construction of initial safety improvements scheduled to get underway summer 2020/2021.

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

With support from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is undertaking a project to seal 12km of unsealed road through the Tangarakau Gorge. Other improvements for the route are also underway with support from with support from the from the regional package of the NZ Upgrade Programme.

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

SH3 Awakino to Mt Messenger

Improvements are underway on SH3 from Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger to improve safety, resilience and route availability. This 58km section of SH3 is Taranaki’s main route north, it runs through rough terrain and is winding and narrow.

Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger Programme

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block speed review

At the end of last year, we consulted with the public on proposed changes to speed limits on SH3 between Waitara and Bell Block. Consultation is now closed, and submissions are being analysed. A decision on the safe and appropriate speeds will be published on our website in due course.

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block speed consultation

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