Budget 2011/12 - Roads are a big job ahead
This includes $5.791 million for general road maintenance and $4.54 million on capital roadworks (just over half of last year’s capital budget). The bulk of the budget will be spent on flood recovery roadworks with $17.565 million provided predominantly by the Federal government to repair flood damage to the road network.
According to Director of Engineering Services, Peter See, many capital roadworks have been deferred to future years simply due to the scale of the flood repairs to roads generally.
“It’s a matter of staffing more than anything,” Mr See said. “The majority of our workforce will focus on repairing the worst affected roads and we will also be using contractors as much as possible.
“The flood damage funded by the Federal Government is only for works carried out by contractors or our own staff in overtime, other than $1million of normal staff time. The $1million represents only a very small proportion of the total work.”
As part of the Capital Works Program, $1.45 million has been allocated for bitumen resealing across the region and $800,000 for gravel resheeting.
Council has again set aside $40,000 for maintenance of timber bridges in the region to ensure it remains proactive on repairs and maintenance of timber bridges in the Southern Downs; $40,000 will be spent on footpath replacements and $15,000 is going on kerb and channel. Another $15,000 will go on upgrades to constructed roads to existing houses.
Roads to Recovery (Federal Funding)
• Kital Rd Bridge, Berat $300,000
• Anenome Street, Killarney $250,000
• Fitzroy Street, Warwick $350,000
• Hendon-Deuchar Road, Hendon $200,000
TIDS (non LRRS) (50% State funded)
• School improvements $24,000
• Bikeway improvements $20,000
• School bus route improvements $16,000
• Traffic management improvements $68,000
• Disability upgrades to bus stops $40,000
• Common taxiway to runway, Warwick $21,000
• Runway lighting placement, Stanthorpe $7,000
• General refurbishment $40,000
• Aldred Street, Warwick $80,000