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Project Introduction

We’re looking at ways to make SH3 and SH3A between New Plymouth and Hāwera safer and easier to travel. This project is part of the Safe Network Programme.

  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


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Making the road safer

This road is an important link between New Plymouth and Hāwera and it connects a number of towns. The road is used by commuters, freight, agricultural vehicles, tourists and local communities.

24 people died and 105 were seriously injured on the road between 2007 and 2016. Many of these crashes happened at intersections or when drivers lost control of their vehicles or crashed head on. Pedestrians and motorcyclists were involved in a high number of incidents on the route.

What we are doing

We’re currently talking with locals and transport groups as well as councils and police, so we can decide on the most appropriate solutions for road.

Safety measures we're considering

There are proven ways we can improve this road. For example, we could

  • install safety barriers on the roadside to stop vehicles running off the road
  • put flexible safety barrier down the centre of the road to stop people crashing head-on
  • widen the centreline to reduce head-on collisions
  • make improvements to intersections
  • create safe places for pedestrians to cross the highway
  • improve signage
  • make changes to speed limits and passing lanes.