NZTA Safe Roads, New Zealand – SH3 Waitara to SH3A safety improvements

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Safe Roads New Zealand are looking at ways to make State Highway 3 between Waitara and SH3A safer.

Between 2007 and 2016, six people have died and 11 were seriously injured on this stretch of road. Many of these crashes involved drivers running off the road and hitting trees, power poles and deep ditches. There have also been head-on and side-on crashes.

Something has to change

We know this road is an important connection for people – linking New Plymouth and Waitara and beyond. But some tricky intersections, speed and roadside dangers like poles or ditches mean it’s unsafe.

We went out to the community earlier this year to hear how you think it could be made safer. Based on what you’ve told us, we’re considering a range of possible safety improvements. We’d like to share these with you to make sure they’re right for this stretch of road.

You know the road better than anyone and your views are important to us.

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