Hamilton's quality of local road maintenance given


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12 April 2007

Land Transport New Zealand (LTNZ) has given Hamilton’s local roads a big tick for the quality of roading maintenance.

The periodic review (previous review was in May 1996) focused on roads and improvements in Hamilton that have been funded by LTNZ.

The review concluded that Council has made very good progress since the last review, and that maintenance costs have fallen in real terms since 2001. The level and quality of the road maintenance being carried out is realistic and acceptable, pavement maintenance is well managed, and bridges and other structures are in good order.

Transportation unit manager Roger Ward says the report is heartening.

“Of particular credit to Council was the comment that ‘Council is at or near a least cost, long-term maintenance programme level’. Also noted was that the five recommendations from the previous report had been actioned.

“The achievements recognised in this report are due in great measure to the significant area-wide pavement and reseal programme set in place 15 to 20 years ago. As a result, the city and road network condition are benefiting. It is a tribute to previous staff and Councils that made the right investments for the long-term benefit of the city and ratepayer at the right time, and reconfirms the importance of appropriate maintenance.”

Name: Roger Ward
Designation: Transportation Unit Manager
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6904
Name: Curt Christiansen
Designation: Communication Executive
Tel (Direct): 07 838 6803
Mobile: 021 775 651
Fax (Direct): 07 838 6761
Page reviewed: 12 Apr 2007 12:00am