23 Jan 2024

NZTA burns through 60 percent of Mt Messenger bypass budget

From Morning Report, 7:38 am on 23 January 2024

A little over a year after beginning construction, the New Zealand Transport Agency has burnt through more than 60 percent of its budget for the Mt Messenger bypass Te Ara o Te Ata project in Taranaki without completing a single kilometre of road.

Waka Kotahi has revealed it has spent $172 million so far on the 6-kilometre route on State Highway 3, which has a price tag of $280 million.

Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more.