Page 3207 - Week 10 - Thursday, 17 September 2015

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any remedial maintenance and/or arrange for damaged infrastructure to be replaced through the various annual work programs that are in place.

The inspection information and actions to address the requests are noted against the inquiry within IAMS. The inquirer is notified if there is a requirement to clarify the inquiry or to inform them of the actions to be undertaken to resolve the maintenance issue and when the work will commence.

For any urgent works that pose a public safety risk, the site is made safe and measures are put in place to advise and detour the public away from the site. There are also requests for maintenance that are assessed as necessary that do not pose any safety considerations. These works are included in the various work programs and publicly tendered to ensure value for money is being achieved.

It can typically take between six to 12 months for replacement requests to be addressed on the ground as this is influenced by available funding and the need to develop packages of works that can be tendered—so a budgetary issue. Each year Roads ACT spend about $3 million on footpath and cyclepath repairs, $1 million on traffic light repairs and $5 million on repairs and maintenance to street lights (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how can the community keep engaged and informed about works underway or planned in the community?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary question. The community are kept informed on proposed roadworks or the staging or changing in traffic arrangements in a number of ways, which include through information contained on the TAMS website on roadworks where information is updated on a regular basis; through TAMS or ACT government staff attendance at various community council meetings in order to outline proposed construction programs or various projects under consideration; through the use of variable message signs on the site of proposed roadworks—these signs advise passing motorists of dates of commencement, changed traffic arrangements or other factors that may be associated with some particular projects such as bridge construction or pavement widening—and finally through newsletters which TAMS and the ACT government send out to residents and businesses advising of upcoming works.

Given the number of construction projects about to commence in Gungahlin in particular in the next few months, a newsletter has been prepared for residents informing of the works in that area, the impacts during the construction period and how information on specific traffic arrangements can be obtained.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, how do Roads ACT deal with traffic issues across the ACT?

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