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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 3115..


(4) Is there any cost overruns from the $1,172,560 contract and if so, how much and why.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) All work is complete with the exception of one intersection at Southern Cross and Coulter Drives.

(2) The asphalt overlay is outstanding for the Southern Cross Drive and Coulter Drive intersection at Belconnen. All the preparatory asphalt patching has been completed at the intersection. The Contractor has placed temporary line marking and some asphalt cover over milled areas for safe operations. This temporary work has been carried out at the Contractor's cost. Completion of the overlay is expected by 30 November 2003 when favourable weather conditions are available for the laying of the polymer modified binder asphalt.

(3) The outstanding work was not completed because of a combination of events. Work was restricted to weekends for this major intersection to avoid weekday traffic disruption, especially during peak periods. The Contractor was required to give two weeks notice prior to commencing work to enable public advertising for potential delays. Unfortunately it rained and/or the temperatures were not acceptable over a number of weekends for the laying of the polymer modified binder asphalt. The work was eventually deferred until the end of the year with the return of favourable weather conditions.

(4) The expected final cost is $1,433,186 for the schedule of rates contract. That is, $260,626 above the original contract value which was based on estimated quantities. The increase is within the allocated budget for the programme. The increased contract cost is due to increased actual quantities for crack sealing, asphalt patching and preparation of unsound base material or subgrade. These preparatory works are often more than identified at the time of assessment which takes place 6 to 12 months prior to the actual work. That is, the road pavement has deteriorated further.

Driving offences-mobile phones

(Question No 818)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

(1) How many motorists were convicted for using a hand-held mobile telephone in financial year 2002-03

(2) How many at (1) paid the fine;

(3) How much revenue was collected;

(4) Does the offence of using a hand-held mobile telephone also apply to hand-held CB radios, eating, smoking or drinking while driving and if not, why not;

(5) Why was it necessary to increase the fine from $118 to $220 and did the original fine cover the cost of enforcing the penalty.


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