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SH3 - Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger

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About the project

NZ Transport Agency - Downer New Plymoth
Installed by Ian Murphy

1,700m Ingal MPR
Ezy-Guard 4 W-Beam guardrail with ET2000 terminals.

Improvements are underway on State Highway 3 (SH3) from Awakino Gorge to Mt Messenger to improve safety, resilience and route availability. This 58 km section of SH3 is Taranaki’s main route north, it runs through rough terrain and is winding and narrow. The package of improvements includes road widening, rest stop and pull over areas, slow vehicle bays and passing lanes, side barriers, and slope stability improvements.

The Programme will improve safety and journey experience  along this key transport route. The main objectives are to:

  • reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries from crashes
  • reduce the number and duration of road closures
  • improve journey time predictability
  • improve drivers’ experience along the SH3.

A popular ride with motorcyclists for the picturesque coastal roads and eventual inland route through the dramatic Awakino Gorge, improvement for motorcyclist safety were identified as a key priority. Additional run off road protection was specified in locations for these vulnerable road users with the Ingal MPR being the chosen solution. In total, 1,700m will be installed on the W-Beam guardrail systems. This innovative system reduces the potential for significant injury to errant motorcyclists from impacting posts of other barrier systems, or other off-road hazards, by redirecting the motorcyclist back onto the roadway. The system has been tested in an accredited laboratory in compliance with the European test Standard UNE 135900, Parts 1 and 2, and also fully vehicle crash tested to MASH TL3.

For further information on this innovative system, call your local Ingal Civil Products representative on 0212 464 997.