Rapanui Passing Lane ahead of schedule
A new passing lane at Rapanui on State Highway 3 north of Tongaporutu, is advancing and on target to finish ahead of programme.
The construction crew are wasting no time with earthworks almost completed, underground drainage to remove water has been installed and layers of pavement (roading) being built. Before the winter months kick in, the existing cattle underpass will be extended and completed.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Senior Project Manager Raj Rajagopal is impressed with the project’s progress and is keen to see the new passing lane available for motorists.
“I’m happy with how the project is going and we’re looking to complete the work before 2022. The project team has been very proactive, they’ve changed the methodology and created efficiencies,” says Raj.
The Rapanui Passing Lane and Tongaporutu Intersection Upgrade (starting in coming months) are major pieces of work, that make up and complete the SH3 Safety and Resilience Improvements.
The improvements cover 58km of SH3 from Uruti to Awakino and include new roadside safety barriers in high-risk areas, rumble strips, electronic warning signs, new formalised pull-over areas, and a new slow vehicle bay at Awakau Road. The work is expected to be finished in early 2022.
The SH3 Safety and Resilience improvements are part of a wider programme of work that include the construction of the Awakino Tunnel Bypass and the Mt Messenger Bypass.