New Plymouth MP excited by completion of $24 million road upgrade

Press Releases
Thursday, June 23, 2016

MP for New Plymouth, Jonathan Young, is thrilled by the Government’s announcement that New Plymouth’s $24 million Vickers to City upgrade project has been completed.

“This is fantastic news for New Plymouth. Before work began on the project, commuters and freight transporters faced undue delays and frustration on this high traffic road. With this upgrade, road users now have a safer, more efficient route both in and out of New Plymouth,” Mr Young said.

Under the project, 2.8km of State Highway 3 to the north of New Plymouth’s CBD was upgraded to include two lanes in each direction and two new bridges at Te Henui and Waiwhakaiho.

The upgrade also includes safer and more efficient intersections, and better facilities for walking and cycling.

“This is an important development for New Plymouth that will help to support future economic growth and the ongoing land development at Bell Block and Waiwhakaiho. Both local businesses and Port Taranaki will significantly benefit as a consequence of easier movement of goods and services around the region,” Mr Young said.

“Other projects which make our region’s roads safer include the $11 million realignment at Normanby which is due for completion late this year, and up to $105 million for upgrades at Mt Messenger and Awakino.”

The upgrade of Mt Messenger and Awakino includes two bypasses and associated safety improvements, which is anticipated to start construction in 2017. 

Investment into these upgrades and projects are part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to support economic development in Taranaki.