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What’s happening on Taranaki State Highways

On this page you’ll find information about planned maintenance work and projects to improve the state highways in the region.

Maintaining your roads

Well-maintained state highways are an important part of keeping people safe. While we aim to do this work with as little disruption as possible, we know that roadworks can be inconvenient. Thank you for your patience while we do this important work.

Please drive carefully through work sites and keep to the temporary speed limits. Plan ahead as road works on the state highway network may affect your journey times.

You’ll notice a lot of this work happens over the summer. This is because daylight hours are longer, and the warm temperatures and dry air help the new seal stick to the road surface.

Current maintenance works

Updated 29 May 2020

Works planned for this construction season 

Location Description

Region wide

Asphalting works at various sites

SH3 Hobson Street to Courtney Street


SH4/SH43 intersection Asphalting
Devon Street East Asphalting
SH3 Rugby Rd

Road repairs - underway

SH43 Tunnel Hill slip site

Reinstating the road to two lanes following an underslip in October 2019

SH43 Hospital Hill

Work to build a major retaining wall to address slumping of the road - underway

SH43 Pohokura Saddle retaining wall

Work to build a retaining wall is underway and is expected to be completed by first week of June. Stop/Go is in place.

Works completed this season

Location Type of work

SH44 (St Aubyn Street) Liardet Street

Safety improvements and asphalting
SH44 (St Aubyn Street) Kingwell Street to Calvert Road Resealing
SH3 Hawera Princes Street to Disraeli Street Road surface repairs

SH3/Victoria Street intersection, Hawera

Road repairs

SH3/Matai Street, Inglewood  


SH3 Waverly Township south


SH45 Vivian Street intersection

Work to create trenches under the road for traffic light cables

West of 3A intersection


SH45 Devon Street West to Vivian Street(external link)

 Road surface repairs and asphalting 

State Highway improvement projects

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block

Early safety improvements were carried out on this route in February 2019. More extensive improvements such as roundabouts and safety barriers are currently being designed, with construction scheduled to get underway late 2020.

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

With support from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is undertaking a project to seal 12km of unsealed road through the Tangarakau Gorge, on the Forgotten World Highway (SH43).

SH43 Forgotten World Highway

Moturoa Shops intersection improvements (SH44)

Work to build a new half roundabout and a new signalised pedestrian crossing is currently underway. 

SH44 Moturoa safety Improvements

SH3 Awakino to Mt Messenger

Improvements are underway on State Highway 3 (SH3) from Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger to improve safety, resilience and route availability. This 58km section of SH3 is Taranaki’s main route north, it runs through rough terrain and is winding and narrow.

Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger Programme

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block speed review

At the end of last year, we consulted with the public on proposed changes to speed limits on SH3 between Waitara and Bell Block. Consultation is now closed, and submissions are being analysed. A decision on the safe and appropriate speeds will be published on our website in due course.

SH3 Waitara to Bell Block speed consultation