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  State Highway 3


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General Information:

State Highway 3 is a rural highway that mostly traverses the west coast of New Zealand's north island.

The route is a mix of divided and undivided multi-lane road and also undivided single carriageway, and features the Awakino Tunnel near the small town of Awakino and also the Mt Messenger Tunnel.

Multiplexes along the route include:


Preview: Description:
Advance Direction Sign:
AD sign on Cambridge St at Te Awamutu approaching SH3 and Arawata St, February 2006. This sign has since been replaced.

Image © Paul Mech

1 New Zealand Herald, Communication Between Auckland And Taranaki, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10474, 21 June 1897
2 Waikato Argus, King Country Roads, Volume XXVIII, Issue 4302, 18 January 1910
3 Kete New Plymouth: Taranaki Tunnels, Mt Messenger Tunnel - SHW 3
4 Taranaki Daily News, Public Works Estimates, 25 October 1919
5 New Zealand Herald, Link With Taranaki, Volume LX, Issue 18362, 31 March 1923
6 Evening Post, Main Roads, Volume CVII, Issue 139, 13 June 1924
7 New Zealand Herald, Road To Taranaki, Volume LXII, Issue 19011, 7 May 1925
8 New Zealand Herald, Main Highway From Auckland To Taranaki Now Completed: The Mokau River Bridge Open For Traffic, Page 6, 17 October 1927
9 New Zealand Herald, Mokau River Bridge, Volume LXII, Issue 19062, 6 July 1925
10 New Zealand Herald, Mokau River Bridge, Volume LXIV, Issue 19822, 17 December 1927
11 Press Association, Mokau Bridge Opened, Volume LXIII, Issue 19187, 19 December 1927
12 New Zealand Herald, Better Roads, Volume LXXIII, Issue 22553, 19 October 1936
13 AtoJs Online, 1949 Session I, D-01 Ministry Of Works Statement
14 Smithbridge Group Pty Ltd, Mokau Bridge
15 Taranaki Daily News, Stories From The Past, The story of the steamer Wetere, 09 November 2013
16 NZTA, Media Releases, Te Awamutu Roundabout upgrade to start next week, 9 March 2010
17 NZTA, Media Releases, Opening of Overbridge marks big step towards Bypass Completion. 7 August 2009
18 NZTA, Media Releases, Highway improvements make turning safer at Onaero, 15 August 2008
19 Taranaki Daily News, Bypass ready to roll, 12 March 2010
20 NZTA, Media Releases, Safety works to begin on State Highway 3 in South Waikato, 1 March 2011
21 NZTA, Media Releases, Works planned to trim back the inside walls of the Awakino Tunnel on State Highway 3, 12 Apr 2011
22 NTZA, Media Releases, Normanby highway realignment getting ready for construction, 29 January 2015
23 NZTA, Media Releases, Safety improvements to begin at SH3/Raynes Rd intersection, 20 February 2015
24 NZTA, Media Releases, Safety improvements to be made on SH3 between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, 11 March 2015
25 NZTA, Media Releases, Safety improvements to be made on SH3 near Hamilton, 14 January 2016
26 NZTA, Media Releases, Work on $4.5M roundabout designed to improve safety around Hamilton Airport starts in January, 23 December 2015
27 Taranaki Daily News, Normanby overbridge bypass ready for use from Monday, 16 October 2016

Last updated: 04-Feb-2017 13:48

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