Have your say on safer speeds between Waitara and Bell Block - consultation now open
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is proposing changes to speed limits on State Highway 3 between Waitara and Bell Block.
After hearing from the community that inconsistent speed limits along the route are confusing, we are proposing to make the speed limit 80km/h along the entire route. A safe, consistent speed limit along with other safety improvements planned for the route will help make this road safer for everyone.
As you know, safety improvements got underway on this road in February with the removal of a passing lane near Raleigh Street, and towards the end of 2020 we’ll start making significant changes to the road.
The Transport Agency 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 will also be constructed at Princess Street, Waitara, and SH3a.
The roundabouts will make these intersections, which are listed in the county’s top 100 high-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, with construction of the first roundabout to get underway at the end of 2020.
Sections of roadside barrier and median barrier will also be installed in high-risk areas and the road will be widened in places to give drivers more space to recover if they lose control and run off the road.
Formal consultation on proposed changes to speed limits is open until 15 December. Find out more and make a formal submission here