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Source: New Zealand Transport Agency

Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is reminding motorists to plan for delays of up to one hour if travelling on State Highway 3 over Mt Messenger from Monday (9 August) until Friday (13 August) next week.

Road resurfacing and drainage works will be carried out from 8.30am-5.00pm on these days. This follows emergency surfacing work undertaken on Friday 16 July.

It will be a large site with a variety of works going on at any given time. For the safety of road users and our workers, road closures are required. Traffic will be stopped for up to an hour at the base on either side of Mt Messenger for one hour at a time in order to allow crews to undertake the work, with traffic released regularly to clear queues.   

Indicative timings for road closures are as below:

Time Road status
8.30-9.30am Closed
9.30-10.00am Open
10.00-11.00am   Closed
11.00-11.30am Open
11.30-12.30pm Closed
12.30-1.00pm Open 
1.00-2.00pm Closed
2.00-2.30pm Open
2.30-3.30pm Closed
3.30-4.00pm Open
4.00-5.00pm Closed 
5.00pm onward Open

All traffic will be cleared every hour; no vehicles will queue for more than one closure period.

With cold weather forecast for much of the country on Monday and a chance of severe gales for Taranaki, the start of this work may need to be postponed and may require more days than planned.

For up to date information on the works, motorists are encouraged to visit the Waka Kotahi Journey Planner website(external link)

The road will be opened for emergency services vehicles.

Waka Kotahi appreciates that these delays may be frustrating for road users, and we thank people for their patience while we undertake this important work.

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