NSW Roads maintenance funding at historic highs

Wednesday 19 November 2014

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay today highlighted historic levels of funding for roads and bridges maintenance in NSW, including council-owned infrastructure.

“In our last two budgets, the NSW Government has committed an historic $1.5 billion each financial year towards the maintenance of roads and bridges on state and council-owned networks,” Minister Gay said.

“The average annual investment in roads and bridges maintenance under a NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is 22 per cent higher, compared to past average Labor yearly spends.”

Maintenance funding for roads (state and council owned) by financial year

FY Government Maintenance funding ($bn)
2014-15 NSW Liberals & Nationals (Budget allocation) $1.50
2013-14 NSW Liberals & Nationals (Actual spend) $1.50
2012-13 NSW Liberals & Nationals (Actual spend) $1.47
2011-12 NSW Liberals & Nationals (Actual spend) $1.47
  Average annual investment $1.49
FY Government Maintenance funding ($bn)
2010-11 NSW Labor (Actual spend) $1.31
2009-10 NSW Labor (Actual spend) $1.22
2008-09 NSW Labor (Actual spend) $1.19
2007-08 NSW Labor (Actual spend) 1.14
  Average annual investment $1.22

Minister Gay said these historic maintenance commitments were the direct result of the NSW Government delivering record levels of funding for road and freight infrastructure and services – more than $20 billion since March 2011.

“This historic funding is not just benefiting big state-driven capital projects like WestConnex and Pacific Highway upgrades, but also small council works such as repairing a timber bridge at Captains Flat near Queanbeyan and upgrading the Mount Lindesay Road near Tenterfield,” Minister Gay said.

“Furthermore, when you build new roads like major upgrades to large sections of the Princes, Great Western, Newell, Central Coast and Oxley highways you immediately fix the maintenance backlog on that length of road.”

Minister Gay said past Labor governments had grossly under-invested in critical road and bridge infrastructure leaving in their wake a multi-billion maintenance backlog.

“Worse still, Labor over 16 years never publicly reported on its maintenance backlog,” Minister Gay said.

“A classic example is the $3.6 million upgrade of Canterbury Road which is nearing completion in the next few weeks.

“Unfortunately, it’s one project that came with a surprise – once we started maintenance work we discovered how badly the concrete had deteriorated under the control of Labor.

“We had no choice but to fully replace it during the upgrade which has included removing cracked asphalt, resurfacing the worn pavement with new concrete and bitumen, replacing old kerbs and improving line markings.

“These surprises of Labor’s will now be a thing of the past with a new high tech ‘traffic speed deflectometer’ truck giving us an X-ray assessment of what’s happening under the road surface.

“It’s part of the high tech new world of road maintenance and will mean better delivery of some of our 4,000 roads projects currently on the go in NSW.

“People get frustrated driving on Canterbury Road and I get it. This road was neglected for 16 years under Labor and it has taken a Liberals and Nationals Government to fix it.

“Work started in April and we’ve thrown everything into speeding up delivery including 35 people working nearly every night and using the only diamond grinding machine in Australia to deliver a smooth and high standard road surface for motorists.

“The communities of South West Sydney were taken for granted and suffered too many long years under the short sightedness of a Labor government. I’m pleased this is now a thing of the past and we are getting this key area moving again,” Minister Gay said.

Media: Marie Scoutas 0467 739 976 Emma Higginson 0467 743 192

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