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School excited about safety improvements to SH3 and SH3A between New Plymouth and Hāwera as work begins | #schoolsaftey


Tommy Broadmore 12, a student at Mangorei School and the Principal Gary Poulgrain are looking forward to the safety improvements to the dangerous intersection near their school.

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Tommy Broadmore 12, a student at Mangorei School and the Principal Gary Poulgrain are looking forward to the safety improvements to the dangerous intersection near their school.

Work has begun on the much awaited safety improvements on State Highways 3 and 3A between New Plymouth and Hāwera that will include a roundabout at the dangerous Mangorei Rd intersection.

The safety improvement programme was launched at Mangorei School, which had long campaigned for improvements to the Mangorei Rd/SH3 intersection to make it safer to use for families at the school.

Principal Gary Poulgrain said families were currently apprehensive about using the intersection and he was looking forward to the benefits the roundabout would bring.

“For many parents on our field trips, they predominantly turn left and go down Mangorei Rd, as opposed to trying to navigate the 100kph intersection if they turn right.”

Construction of the roundabout was due to begin early next year, with “enabling works” beginning this year.

The works also included an intersection speed zone and installation of flexible median barriers immediately north of Junction St, and between Junction St and Mangorei Rd.

The 420-metre southbound passing lane at Junction St would be removed.

As part of the project, Waka Kotahi planned to install 6km of flexible median barriers at five sites between Inglewood and Hāwera, with work to begin in early 2024.

Waka Kotahi Senior Project Manager Sree Nutulapati said between 7500 and 15,000 vehicles travelled SH3 every day, and 3500 vehicles used SH3A.

“In the period between 2018 and 2022, there were nine deaths and 40 serious-injury crashes,” he said.

“Road fatalities and injuries, regardless of their severity, are unacceptable. That’s why we are investing in making road safety one of our priorities.”



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