At their June meeting, Kaipara District Council awarded a new Road Maintenance and Renewals Contract to Broadspectrum Limited. The contract takes effect from July 1, 2018, and will run for four years, with possible roll-over periods of 2+1+1 years which would take the contract to a term of eight years.
The process to award the maintenance contract has been thorough, and has been developed through the Northland Transport Alliance with joint representation from all three local authorities and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Key elements have been identified to ensure the best possible work is delivered for communities and the Kaipara District says the council.
Key highlights in the newly formed contract include: Contractors now have ownership of completing network inspection and collecting inspection data, this will allow the Council Area and Network Auditors to spend more time auditing work that has been completed by the contractor.
The contractor will allocate a dedicated customer liaison officer to manage requests for service. The addition of sealed pavement renewals and resurfacing has been introduced in an effort to get better resource management, value for money, improved quality control and programming improvements.
A regular concern from residents was the work around water table drains, drainage cut-outs, culvert end clearing and vegetation control. Specific adjustments and criteria have been put in place to manage and maintain the total roading width to ensure the effects of water damage, erosion and uncontrolled vegetation is minimised.
“Council voted unanimously for the roading contract and are welcoming the new controls, measures and innovations that will make our Kaipara roads better and safer,” says Kaipara mayor Jason Smith. “We’re all aware roads are the top priority for getting Kaipara back on track.”