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Tuesday, 17 February 1987
Page: 67

(Question No. 4718)

Mr Fife asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 7 October 1986:

(1) Is the Government responsible for the cost of repairs carried out on national highways.

(2) When were the repairs on the section of the Hume Highway at the northern end of the bridge across the Murrumbidgee River at Gundagai (a) commenced and (b) completed.

(3) What caused the break-up of this section of the road.

(4) What has been the cost to date of the repairs.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) The Federal Government accepts full financial responsibility for construction and maintenance works on the National Highway. However repairs to faulty work required during the contract maintenance period are the contractor's responsibility.

(2), (3) and (4) Programmed rehabilitation of a 4km section of both carriageways was carried out between August 1985 and May 1986, which is the preferred construction season in this area. Works were severely disrupted by unseasonal wet weather particularly during the placement of the surface seal. It was necessary to place the seal at this stage to prevent damage to the base course. Subsequently, in June and July 1986 some section of this work had to be repaired. The cost of these repairs was $67,000 which was borne by the Federal Government under the Australian Land Transport Program.