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Road Asset Management Contracts Metropolitan maintenance works

Overview:

Maintenance services for the Metropolitan Region are currently carried out by RoadTek under a Road Asset Management Contract (RAMC).

On 21 December 2015, RoadTek were formally made responsible for the delivery of routine maintenance and road rehabilitation works under a new RAMC, until 30 June 2019.

Another contractor will be appointed before this date to continue with these works after 30 June 2019.

Location:
The Metropolitan region encompasses the local council areas including Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council and Redland City Council.
Benefits:

The key benefits of RoadTek’s implementation of the RAMC is the delivery of:

  • a high level of stewardship for the Metropolitan Region’s road network
  • safe and serviceable road infrastructure for all road users while the work is being carried out under the contract
  • longevity in solutions that provide a safer road network designed to meet current traffic demands and cater for future needs
  • increased sustainability, and ongoing preservation and rehabilitation of the road infrastructure
  • tangible savings, an all-inclusive approach, and value for money through innovation and the use of new products and treatments
  • a stimulated local road construction industry by creating local jobs.
Funding:
Under these new Road Asset Management Contracts it is estimated that about $150 million of roadworks will be delivered throughout South East Queensland over 4 years.
Regions:
Metropolitan 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
  • 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, call 13 19 40 with the necessary details of the road and location of the pothole.

Road surface treatments (asphalt overlays, reseals and rehabilitation)

Over time 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.

Mowing and vegetation clearing

As a general guide, mowing alongside state-controlled roads is carried out as part of a 6-8 week cycle, which is usually sufficient to maintain line of sight and signage visibility for motorists. However, vegetation growth varies per season and weather conditions. There may be times when mowing cycles on highly trafficked roads such as the Pacific Motorway or the Centenary Motorway may be increased, which in the interim, can divert resources and funding away from other less travelled roads.

Graffiti removal

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 road safety improvements.

Litter control

It is the responsibility of every Queensland road user to help prevent littering. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that more than 20,000 cubic metres of materials are thrown out by motorists along Queensland’s roadsides every year.

Rubbish is collected on varying schedules, as well as on an as needs basis.

Contact details

To report any non urgent safety related maintenance issues, please contact:

Email: metropolitanregion@tmr.qld.gov.au
Phone: 07 3066 4338

For urgent safety related issues, please contact 131940

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

Impacts to be expected from such works include lane closures, minor traffic delays, construction noise, lighting, odour and speed restrictions through traffic sites. The works will be carried out both at day and night with lane closures to minimise disruption to local residents, businesses and motorists.

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

Last updated
04 March 2019