The initial investigations, carried out by high level engineers, estimate a cost of $49 million and three years’ worth of work to repair and restore our roading network in Central Hawke’s Bay. Based on this figure, Council has submitted an application for funding to Waka Kotahi, to cover the full amount.
As a Council, we fully understand the affordability constraints here, and that these repair costs are simply well beyond Central Hawke’s Bay ratepayers are able to fund. This is why we have been working very closely alongside Waka Kotahi throughout the process of building this submission to illustrate the reasons why granting this funding request is the only practical way forward.
In the meantime, Council’s emergency release of $500,000 from the Catastrophic Events Fund has allowed subcontractors to make a start on vital geotechnical investigations on four key sites, which will give us the information we need to plan repairs. These funds will also allow us to undertaken some urgent maintenance while we await funding.
Council has engaged engineering and design consultant Stantec, to assist with the process of prioritising the individual repair jobs that make up this significant programme of work. This involves a thorough and rigorous process which considers many factors. These include, but are not limited to:
Once funding has been granted and prioritisation work complete, Council will undertake a tender process to procure contractors who will carry out the physical works. If you are interested in understanding our approach to procurement you can ready our Procurement Policy here.
More information on this will be provided once we are nearer to this stage.
Once the full body of work has been mapped out and contractors secured, we will be in a position to tell our community more about the actual construction work to be carried out as part of this project.
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