Clearing way to access $23m for roads

ROADING variations recommended for approval at today’s Gisborne District Council meeting will allow access to another $23 million of government funding.

This would mean $9.2m being added to the northern roading contract for a total contract value of $39.2m, and $13.8m to the western contract for a total of $64.8m.

A report from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield going before the council says the original maintenance contracts were approved in 2015, well before the Queen’s Birthday and September floods last year, which caused $12.6 million of damage.

The same applied to Provincial Growth Fund projects such as the $4.5m Rakaiatane Road extension, $3m unsealed roads heavy metalling project and $2.3m asphalt concrete programme.

All these projects were 100 percent funded through the National Land Transport Programme, the Provincial Growth Fund or a combination of the two, except for the $1.1m September flood repair work, which was 88 percent funded through the National Land Transport fund.

Mr Hadfield says procuring this work through the maintenance contracts will enable the network to be restored and reopened quickly to meet impending time frames like the Te Ha commemorations for the Rakaiatane Road, and leverage all existing state highway work programmes such as the asphalt renewal along Awapuni Road.

The council had tried to reduce costs by buying quarry materials directly but the actual delivery of the unsealed road programme was best managed through the existing maintenance contracts.

The impact of this was that the council had reached the original budget limits it set in 2015 of $30m for the northern contract and $51m for the western contract.

The original roading contract limits of $80m set in 2015 had now been reached and there was still a 25-month contract period.

The variations were needed to allow payments to Downer, the contractor for the northern and western contracts.

In the new financial year, further valuations would be looked at to cover the remaining 25 months of the contract period.

These would cover expected maintenance levels and emergency works and would be presented to the council, Mr Hadfield said.

GDC chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann’s activities report records that the council will exit the Tairawhiti Roads partnership with the New Zealand Transport Agency.

While the partnership delivered some benefits it was not meeting the council’s intended expectations or the expectations of the community she said.

Consultation was now under way with staff, and a final operating decision would be communicated on June 3.

ROADING variations recommended for approval at today’s Gisborne District Council meeting will allow access to another $23 million of government funding.

This would mean $9.2m being added to the northern roading contract for a total contract value of $39.2m, and $13.8m to the western contract for a total of $64.8m.

A report from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield going before the council says the original maintenance contracts were approved in 2015, well before the Queen’s Birthday and September floods last year, which caused $12.6 million of damage.

The same applied to Provincial Growth Fund projects such as the $4.5m Rakaiatane Road extension, $3m unsealed roads heavy metalling project and $2.3m asphalt concrete programme.

All these projects were 100 percent funded through the National Land Transport Programme, the Provincial Growth Fund or a combination of the two, except for the $1.1m September flood repair work, which was 88 percent funded through the National Land Transport fund.

Mr Hadfield says procuring this work through the maintenance contracts will enable the network to be restored and reopened quickly to meet impending time frames like the Te Ha commemorations for the Rakaiatane Road, and leverage all existing state highway work programmes such as the asphalt renewal along Awapuni Road.

The council had tried to reduce costs by buying quarry materials directly but the actual delivery of the unsealed road programme was best managed through the existing maintenance contracts.

The impact of this was that the council had reached the original budget limits it set in 2015 of $30m for the northern contract and $51m for the western contract.

The original roading contract limits of $80m set in 2015 had now been reached and there was still a 25-month contract period.

The variations were needed to allow payments to Downer, the contractor for the northern and western contracts.

In the new financial year, further valuations would be looked at to cover the remaining 25 months of the contract period.

These would cover expected maintenance levels and emergency works and would be presented to the council, Mr Hadfield said.

GDC chief executive Nedine Thatcher Swann’s activities report records that the council will exit the Tairawhiti Roads partnership with the New Zealand Transport Agency.

While the partnership delivered some benefits it was not meeting the council’s intended expectations or the expectations of the community she said.

Consultation was now under way with staff, and a final operating decision would be communicated on June 3.

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