GRADING teams have roared into action during the recent spell of dry weather on the MPA and Port Louis stretches on East Falkland.
Giving an update at Monday's Transport Advisory Committee Road Engineer Simon Catton said it was the aim for the 2012/13 season to ensure that all roads on the East which required grading were attended to.
In addition 10 km of the MPA road was to be capped using material from Port Harriet, he said, adding that the Pretty Banks (Teal Inlet) area would also be capped.
Five cattle grids are to be replaced, concentrating mainly on the Greenfield farm area and 10 areas where culverts need attention had been indentified.
The Estancia causeways are to be tackled in two sections with new culverts installed and the old ones removed and collapsed before the main haulage season for the abattoir begins and the rock armour being added later in the year. Mr Catton said this was mainly due to a shortage of dump trucks.On West Falkland it is planned to have one grader team in place at the start of the season, however Mr Catton said it was unknown how much of the network would be graded with priority being given to the East.
The new road to Westley Farm was also to be constructed and it was currently planned that PWD would carry out the works, confirmed Mr Catton. MLA Roger Edwards asked for it to be noted that he had always fought hard for that particular road to be built and at no point had he referred to it as being adequate within TAC as had recently been suggested to him by a member of the public.
Six cattle grids are to be replaced on the Port Howard/Fox Bay road by JK Contracting as per the four year term contract and signage is also to be put in place at all junctions.
Subject to Executive Council (ExCo) and Standing Finance Committee approval eight areas on the West have been identified for capping this season. Mr Catton said the original programme was to progress the capping of the Port Howard road, which had been accepted by ExCo prior to the budget being finalised, however further consultation had led to a proposed redrafted programme with the following areas being identified: Carew Harbour, Wall Stream, Sound Ridge (6 km approx) Dunnose Head (1 km), Dunbar (3 km), areas by Stoney Ridge and Leicester Falls houses and the Spring Point Junction.
Mr Catton said £220,675 was previously approved for capping the Port Howard road (category A) and by not undertaking the work the funds approved for the 2012/13 season would cover a significant part of the revised programme, but another £63,330 would be needed to cover the additional work.