Road survey to cost Baw Baw over $161,000
Baw Baw News By William PJ Kulich // 19:35, Wednesday 3 April 2013
BAW Baw Shire councillors have awarded a $161,513 contract to a company to undertake a survey of the area’s roads, roadside drains and signs.
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The inventory and condition survey will be used to update the council’s records and is expected to take six months to complete.
The decision to award the contract came a fortnight after the council established its new Roads and Drains Committee, which will report on the same road and drain conditions.
Mayor Murray Cook said in a media release yesterday the survey will assess road conditions.
“This survey is really the best first step to setting a foundation for the repair and renewal of our roads and drains network,” Cr Cook said.
“Understanding the state of each road through proper appraisal and measurement will help us to allocate funding into the future.”
Last month Cr Cook told The Warragul Citizen the committee would also assess road conditions and guide the councils’ funding.
“I think it’s a big step for roads because… we know there is experienced and skilled people (sic) in the community and it will be at no cost to council,” Cr Cook said.
“The main thrust of [this] advisory committee… is to bring in local knowledge to help the professions that work on our staff that (the locals) know exactly what the conditions are here over a period of time (sic).”
Baw Baw Director of Community Assets Phil Cantillon told The Warragul Citizen the contract winner, Infrastructure Management Group Pty Ltd, was one of seven companies the council had to choose from.
“Tenders for the provision of the roads asset condition survey was advertised in late January 2013,” Mr Cantillon said.
“Tenders closed on 20 February 2013 and seven tender submissions were received.”
Mr Cantillon said the cost included imagery and viewing software used for the data collection.
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