Oct 16, 2009

Maintenance contract awarded for North Coast roads

Maintenance contract awarded for North Coast roads

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

October 16 2009

A joint federal and state-funded maintenance contract worth $1.1 million has been awarded for work on North Coast roads.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace announced today that RoadTek Traffic Services will carry out the work for the current financial year.

The Ministers said the funding will enable RoadTek to complete routine electrical maintenance on sections of the Bruce Highway and other roads in the region.

“The Federal Government is providing Queensland with nearly $100 million in 2009-10 for maintenance works,” Mr Albanese said.

“This funding further demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to maintaining road conditions right across the Queensland network.

"The work carried out by RoadTek will ensure the ongoing effective operation of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and other electrical infrastructure on North Coast roads, including sections of the Bruce Highway.

“Maintenance of ITS equipment will include routine electrical checks of traffic signals at 234 intersections, more than 2500 street lights, eight car park guidance signs, 51 Help phones, 86 CCTV cameras and 13 variable message signs,” he said.

Mr Wallace said the maintenance program would maintain the state-controlled network in a safe condition for motorists.

“The department uses ITS equipment to monitor the road network and provide motorists with important information on road conditions and potential hazards,’’ Mr Wallace said.

“Variable message signs are often used to provide motorists with advance warning of crashes, roadworks, heavy congestion or other messages of community benefit.

“Motorists can use this information to make better choices about things like travel routes and times.”

Mr Wallace said as part of the contract, maintenance will be carried out on state-controlled roads in the local government areas of Sunshine Coast, Moreton Bay and Somerset.

“RoadTek has the right expertise to keep all electrical components in tip-top condition to provide better roads and a higher level of road safety for Queenslanders,” he said.