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Road Asset Management Contracts: South Coast maintenance works

Overview:

Maintenance services for the South Coast Region are undertaken by Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture under a Road Asset Management Contract. In October 2013, Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture was awarded a 5-year contract to provide routine and programmed maintenance services across the region.

Location:

The road asset management contract for South Coast Region provides maintenance on the state-controlled road network in the local council areas of the City of Gold Coast, Logan City and Scenic Rim Regional Council.

Benefits:

It is expected that these new Road Asset Management Contracts will:

  • stimulate the local road construction industry by creating local jobs
  • achieve a range of tangible savings through the use of innovation and new products and treatments
  • provide a safer road network designed to meet current traffic demands and cater to future needs.
Funding:

As part of the new Road Asset Management Contracts, it is estimated that about $400 million of roadworks will be delivered throughout south east Queensland.

Regions:
South Coast Region

Project info

The following types of maintenance activities are covered under the Road Asset Management Contracts:

  • Road resurfacing, asphalt overlays and minor works
  • Bitumen reseals
  • Roadside signage and road furniture maintenance
  • Pothole and road pavements repairs
  • Vegetation management
  • Minor drainage and culvert maintenance
  • Incident management including after hours and emergency call outs
  • Flood damage initial response works
  • Graffiti control
  • Litter control

It is important to note that, to ensure the best value for the community, the department prioritises maintenance work with safety issues given the highest priority and regular maintenance activities such as litter and graffiti removal, mowing and vegetation clearing, given a lower priority.

Pothole repairs

The department’s maintenance contractors regularly patrol roads to identify any potholes and undertake repairs as necessary. Pothole repairs are based on a safety priority, with consideration given to the location of the potholes within traffic lanes and traffic volumes. Usually the largest potholes under heaviest traffic are repaired first.

Extended rain means potholing is sometimes unavoidable and, after a rain event it can take time for the road to recover from saturation point. Temporary pothole repairs are usually carried out using a cold 'pre-mix' material. A permanent repair involves excavating the pothole and filling it with a hot 'asphalt' mix, which requires the road surface and sub-surface to be completely dry and the fill must be laid in fine weather.

To report a pothole, email: southcoast@tmr.qld.gov.au or call 13 19 40 (available 24/7) and provide details of the location. 

Road surface treatments (asphalt overlays, reseals and rehabilitation)

Even with specialised design and construction systems to ensure longevity of the road network, there are some instances where sections of road surfaces can suffer deterioration. In this situation, the department carries out road rehabilitation works. These works are also prioritised based on safety and traffic volumes. Work is scheduled once funding becomes available.

Road pre-treatment works

When road resurfacing and reseals are planned there is often a need to carry out pre-treatment works to prepare the road for new surfacing. These pre-treatment works include patching potholes, repairing cracks, and smoothing road shoulders and road edges.

Mowing and vegetation clearing

As a general guide, mowing alongside state-controlled roads is carried out 3–4 times per year, which is usually sufficient to maintain line of sight and signage visibility for motorists. However vegetation growth varies according to seasons and weather conditions. A general rule of thumb is to mow a 3.5m section from the roadside edge, which allows a safe line of sight for roadside furniture (signs, guideposts, and so on), driveway access points and other intersecting roads. Mowing does not extend all the way to property boundary fences. There may be times when mowing cycles on highly trafficked roads such as the Pacific Motorway or the Mount Lindesay Highway must be increased, which in the interim, can divert resources and funding away from other less travelled roads.

Graffiti removal

The department shares the community's frustration about graffiti and has implemented several strategies to reduce graffiti attacks on state-owned assets, such as working with the Queensland Police Service in identifying frequently occurring taglines, attending Youth Justice Conferences, and partnering with Queensland Corrective Services to have offenders remove graffiti on low-speed environment roads. It is important to note that high-speed highway and motorway locations are not considered to be safe or viable sites for community volunteers to work.

Graffiti is illegal, and the cost of removing it is high and the process time-consuming. Offensive graffiti is removed as a priority, while 'tags' and non-obscene graffiti are added to the routine maintenance program and cleared when crews are next in that area. To have an 'immediate removal' policy for non-obscene graffiti would require a redirection of maintenance funding away from funding for road safety improvements.

Murals have had some success in deterring graffiti attacks on roadside infrastructure such as noise barriers and traffic signal control boxes. The department has installed murals on frequently tagged noise barriers along the Pacific Motorway, however the cost to remove graffiti on murals is significantly higher than that of standard surfaces. In light of this higher maintenance cost, proposed mural locations are considered based on available funding at the time, previous graffiti incidents in the area, ready access to the infrastructure for maintenance of the mural, and the like.

Rolling blockade

Rolling blockades allow workers to safely remove large pieces of hazardous debris from the road while keeping motorists safe, particularly on high-speed roads.

This method of removing debris causes minimal disruption to traffic flow and is typically used on the Pacific Motorway (M1), where workers are subjected to live traffic moving at high speeds between 100 km/h and 110km/h. Rolling blockades also assist in preventing serious safety issues, for both workers and motorists.

As shown on the video, a rolling blockade is a formation of vehicles across all through lanes, creating a physical separation of traffic flow between workers and the traffic, known as a containment line. Message boards are fixed to the back of containment line vehicles to notify road users not to overtake and to reduce their speed. While traffic is held back behind the containment line travelling at low speed, a forward ‘pilot’ vehicle proceeds to check the site and remove any hazardous debris. The pilot vehicle will signal to containment line vehicles when it is safe to restore normal traffic flow. Vehicles may also be placed on motorway on-ramps to assist with this process.

If you approach a rolling blockade, motorists are advised not to overtake containment line vehicles, reduce speed and follow the directions and signs of traffic control. In most cases, motorists behind the containment line will be able to continue forward at a slow speeds of up to 40km/h, experiencing minimal delays to their journey. Vehicles using on-ramps to the motorway may be required to stop for several minutes. Every effort is made to minimise traffic delays, however, extended delays may occur when there is a high volume of debris to be cleared.

Litter control

In January 2015, Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture began using a litter collection machine known as the Litter Road Rake. It is the first of its kind in Australia and will initially be used both day and night on the Pacific Motorway (M1) for the south coast region Road Asset Management Contracts.

The Litter Road Rake has enabled significant safety and productivity improvements for removal of litter from high speed roads like the M1. The machine is powered by a utility vehicle operated by a single driver. The machine attaches to the vehicle in the same way as a standard trailer. This method of litter collection ensures no maintenance workers need to be on the road for litter removal, making conditions safer for road users and maintenance workers.

Prior to the introduction of the Litter Road Rake, litter removal was performed manually with up to 3 maintenance workers who would remove around 4m3 of litter per day. Ventia Boral Amey's Litter Road Rake is currently removing up to 7m3 of litter travelling over a 115km distance. With a maximum operational speed of 24km/h, this machine is capable of servicing significant areas of the network per shift.

Contact details

Email: qldenquiries@vbajv.com.au
Phone: 07 3297 3150
Post: Ventia Boral Amey Joint Venture (Queensland)
PO Box 701
Beenleigh QLD 4207

Traffic info

Motorists will be informed about the above works via roadside signage.

For information on the latest traffic conditions, please contact the Statewide Traffic Management Centre on 13 19 40 or visit the QLDTraffic website.

Community info

Residents within the immediate vicinity of road surface treatment works can expect to be informed via a letterbox drop.

Latest news

The attached schedule is a guideline only of what maintenance activities were, and will be carried out and on what state-controlled road. Please note that wet weather, contractor and site conditions may change the program.

Road name Works undertaken in January 2019 Works upcoming in February 2019
ADVANCETOWN - MUDGEERABA ROAD (Worongary Road, Latimers Crossing Road, Gilston Road, Mudgeeraba Road) Dayworks: Road resurfacing, Worongary, 7am to 5pm, in mid-January 2019 Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early February 2019
BEAUDESERT - BEENLEIGH ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in late January 2019 No programmed works
BEAUDESERT - BOONAH ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
BEAUDESERT - NERANG ROAD (William Street, Albert Street, Christie Street
Pine Street, Price Street)
Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early January 2019 No programmed works
BEECHMONT ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early January 2019 No programmed works
BEENLEIGH CONNECTION ROAD (Milne Street, Boundary Street, Logan Street) No programmed works No programmed works
BINNA BURRA ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
BEENLEIGH - REDLAND BAY ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in late January 2019 No programmed works
BOONAH - FASSIFERN ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
BOONAH - RATHDOWNEY ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
BRISBANE - BEENLEIGH ROAD (Logan River Road, Kingston Road) No programmed works No programmed works
BURLEIGH CONNECTION ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
CAMP CABLE ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
CUNNINGHAM HIGHWAY Dayworks: Road resurfacing, Clumber, 6am to 6pm, until late January 2019 No programmed works
CURRUMBIN CREEK - TOMEWIN ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in late January 2019 No programmed works
CURRUMBIN CREEK ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in late January 2019 No programmed works
GOLD COAST HIGHWAY (Brisbane Street, Frank Street, Marine Parade) Nightworks: Road surface repairs, Helensvale, 7pm to 5am, in mid/late January 2019
Nightworks: Road surface repairs, Arundel, 7pm to 5am, in mid/late January 2019
No programmed works
GOLD COAST- SPRINGBROOK ROAD (Gooding Drive, Franklin Drive, Springbrook) Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early January 2019
No programmed works
HINZE DAM ROAD No programmed works Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early February 2019
HOPE ISLAND ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
IPSWICH - BOONAH ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
LABRADOR - CARRARA ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
LAKE MOOGERAH ROAD Dayworks: Road reseal, 6am to 6pm, Fassifern Valley, late January to early February 2019 No programmed works
LAMINGTON NATIONAL PARK ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
MOUNT COTTON ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in late January 2019 No programmed works
MOUNT LINDESAY HIGHWAY (Brisbane Street, Beaudesert Road) Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in mid-January 2019
Nightworks: Road improvement works, Gleneagle, 6.30pm to 5.30am, continuing until early April 2019
Nightworks: Road improvement works, Gleneagle, 6.30pm to 5.30am, continuing until early April 2019
MUNDOOLUN CONNECTION ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
NERANG CONNECTION ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
NERANG - MURWILLUMBAH ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early to mid-January 2019 No programmed works
NERANG - BROADBEACH ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
OXENFORD - COOMERA GORGE ROAD
(Maudsland Road)
Nightworks: Road surface repairs, Maudsland, 7pm to 5am, in mid/late January 2019 Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early February 2019
PACIFIC MOTORWAY Nightworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, throughout January 2019


Nightworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, throughout February 2019
PACIFIC HIGHWAY CONNECTION ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
PINE CREEK ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early January 2019 No programmed works
ROSEWOOD-WARRILL VIEW ROAD Dayworks: Road rehabilitation, 6am to 6pm, Warrill View, continuing until mid-January 2019 No programmed works
RUNNING CREEK ROAD Dayworks: Road reseal, Running Creek, 6am to 6pm, in late January 2019 No programmed works
SMITH STREET CONNECTION No programmed works No programmed works
SOUTHPORT- BURLEIGH ROAD (Bermuda Street, Bundall Road, Ferry Road) No programmed works No programmed works
SOUTHPORT- NERANG ROAD (Nerang Street) No programmed works No programmed works
SPRINGBROOK ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early January 2019 No programmed works
SPRINGWOOD CONNECTION RD (Wembley
Road)
Nightworks: Fence installation, Logan Central, 7pm to 5am, from late January to mid-February 2019 Nightworks: Fence installation, Logan Central, 7pm to 5am, continuing until mid-February 2019
STAPYLTON - JACOBS WELL ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
TALLEBUDGERA CONNECTION ROAD No programmed works Dayworks:  Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early February 2019
TALLEBUDGERA CREEK ROAD (Nerang Street, Albert Street) No programmed works No programmed works
TAMBORINE - OXENFORD ROAD Dayworks: Civil works and road reseal, Eagle Heights, 7am to 5pm, in early January 2019


Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, in early February 2019
TUGUN - CURRUMBIN ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
WATERFORD - TAMBORINE ROAD Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations, from late January to early February 2019 Dayworks: Vegetation management and litter removal, various locations,continuing in early February 2019
WARRILL VIEW - PEAK CROSSING ROAD No programmed works No programmed works
Last updated
07 January 2019