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SH44 Moturoa safety improvements

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Project Introduction

The NZ Transport Agency is upgrading the intersection of SH44 at the Moturoa shops to improve safety for all users.

  • Estimated project dates

    Dec 2017–Feb 2018
  • Estimated project cost

  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status


Project updates


The intersection of SH44 at the Moturoa shops has poor visibility and its layout can be confusing for users. In the past 5 years there has been 1 serious injury crash, 1 minor injury crash, and 10 non-injury crashes reported. We are upgrading the intersection to improve the operation and safety for all users.


  1. Improves road safety and operation of the intersection for all users.
  2. Clarifies the local connections with SH44 whilst ensuring priority for through traffic on SH44.
  3. Maintains or improves the role of Moturoa shops as a place.

About the project

SH44 is the key freight route connecting the Port to the wider Taranaki region and beyond, with associated economic implications.

The SH44 intersection at the Moturoa shops serves a range of users and functions, including local traffic, public transport and cyclists, as well as being a local shopping village with associated parking and pedestrian needs.

Focus on safety

  • In the past 5 years there has been 1 serious injury crash, 1 minor injury crash, and 10 non-injury crashes reported.
  • Both the serious injury crash and the minor injury crash involved pedestrians.
  • The zebra crossing has restricted visibility between pedestrians on the crossing and drivers on SH44. This is as a result of vehicles parked in kerbside parking spaces as well as the curve of SH44.
  • The unusual layout of the Lawry Street, South Road and SH44 intersection is unclear and difficult to use (confusing, poor visibility).
  • There can sometimes be long delays for drivers exiting Lawry Street or South Road onto SH44.
  • The presence and availability of off street parking spaces behind the Moturoa Shops on both sides of SH44 are not obvious to drivers passing through.

To address these issues, we have proposed six different options to upgrade the intersection. Please view the displays here [PDF, 1.8 MB] and send us your feedback.

We will consider your feedback and work with our stakeholders and partners, such as the New Plymouth District Council, to determine the best way forward.

Construction of the preferred option should start during the 2017–18 summer.