Best practice management of road projects leads to savings to be redirected to gravel re-sheeting program

“The completion of road rehabilitation projects on Warrah Ridge Road (Old Warrah) and Moreduval Lane (Bundella) have been completed by Council’s Engineering Department with savings of over $300,000 realised on the original estimates, allowing this money to be redirected to our local road gravel re-sheeting program,” a jubilant Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has announced.

“This result has allowed us to focus on repairs to the extensive damage caused by several extreme rain events over the past 9 months. Council staff have identified many pavement defects that require gravel re-sheeting to ensure that the local road network is as safe as possible for the travelling public within Council’s resource constraints. The savings realised on the two projects are really a god-send as the 2016/17 re-sheeting program had already utilised most of the funds budgeted with just $70,000 retained for any necessary repairs caused by any further storm damage up until June 30,” he said.

“The saving of $158,698 on the Warrah Ridge Road project and $150,600 on Moreduval Lane were realised because when the budget for the current year was formulated, pavement investigation and survey and design work had not been completed and estimates were based on similar earlier work at other locations. Completion of design and pavement requirements and changes to the proposed construction method led to the savings on the works which were completed within the programmed timeframe,” he continued.

“Council is using a systematic risk management approach to ensure that defects are identified and repaired as funds allow. This includes ensuring that sections of road proposed for gravel re-sheeting over the next eighteen months are in a condition suitable to maximise the benefit of the program. Current available allocations for gravel re-sheeting aren’t sufficient to cover needs identified in the Roads Asset Management Plan review so the reallocation of this funding will reduce the resource gap for these works,” he said.

“The reallocated funding comes from grants provided under the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program. I congratulate all engineering department staff who have worked on these projects and made this reallocation of funding possible,” Councillor Hope concluded. 

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