The 2012/13 construction season is proving a busy one and has seen The Roading Company successfully involved in major NZTA and Local Government roading projects throughout Southland, Otago Waitaki and Ashburton districts. We have also completed private developer projects including the Wanaka Airport carpark, a carpark for a commercial site on Ballantyne Road in Wanaka, roading for two new stages at Quail Rise Subdivision in Queenstown and the construction of several driveways throughout Southland and Otago.
Over the past months our team has completed or is working on the following projects across the regions:
State Highway 1 AJ Crooks Underpass (Southland)
State Highway 1 Chertsey Railway Crossing South Area Wide Treatment (Ashburton)
Lumsden Region Pavement Rehabilitations
Southern Coast Improvements 2012/13
Southland District Council
Wilsons Crossing Road Pavement Rehabilitations
Gorge Road Invercargill Highway Pavement Rehabilitations
Clutha District Council
South Clutha Pavement Rehabilitations 2012/13
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Glenorchy Queenstown Road Slow Vehicle Bays
Mt Aspiring Road Upgrade, Wanaka
Waitaki District Council
2012/13 Pavement Rehabilitations (Oamaru area)
Department of Conservation
Kane Road Carpark & Access Road (Hawea Flat)
Sylvan Camp Site and Access Road Development (Routeburn area)
The season has included a range of work types including the installation of a precast concrete stock underpass, slow vehicle passing bays, Foam Bitumen Stabilisation, subdivision works, footpath construction and car park construction. We continue to be proactive with traffic management on our sites, to ensure the highest level of safety on all projects. Where possible we arrange a detour around the drainage or construction crews, we encourage the use of a high number of road delineators, the use of traffic lights and Stop/Go personnel to ensure the safety of our staff and the public.
We are proud of the positive feedback we have received from clients on projects completed. The Wanaka Airport Manager was extremely happy with the new carpark recently constructed by TRC and sent the following comments: …. ‘Just wanted to pass on my thanks to Ross and the guys, along with Mark, for the car park project. Your standard of workmanship was 1st class the whole way through, along with the guys co operation of working around AIR NZ passengers and alternative parking. My sincere thanks to you all for a project well done.’
Pleasing Interim PACE reports with high scores have been received for recent projects completed for NZTA. Comments for the rehabilitation works completed at So Big on State Highway 94 toward the end of 2012 from the Engineer’s Representative included: “The Roading Company and its staff exhibited a high level of competency throughout the contract period. Their efficient work saw the project completed slightly ahead of programme. Traffic control was well managed and amended their plan to suit conditions particularly as the busy Thornbury/Waimatuku intersection. Overall the project was well managed and was completed within the available budget.”
The Roading Company successfully passed our annual ISO9001:2008 Telarc Registered Supplier audit in February 2012. We also revalidated our ACC WSMP Tertiary Level certification in May 2012. These revalidations reflect the quality of The Roading Company’s work along with our continued focus on health and safety in the workplace.
We continue to be proactive with staff training with several staff undertaking National Certificate in Civil Plant Operation. Refresher courses have been held over the past months for STMS & TC training, Site Safe Civil Passports, Work Place First Aid and COPTTM updates.
Mark Cruden attends regular meetings for NZ’s National Pavement Technology Group, of which he is a current active member, representing The NZ Contractors Federation. NPTG are responsible for developing and maintaining best practice standards in NZ pavement design, specification and construction on behalf of NZTA. Mark also attended the NZTA/NZIHT 13th Annual Conference in Nelson in November where he presented on proposed new pavement specifications in conjunction with Allen Browne from Hiway Stabilizers Ltd. Positive feedback was received for this presentation.
Dave Wilson continues to liaise with NZTA regarding the impact of the recent NZTA M & O Review on small specialist road construction companies such as The Roading Company. As an NZCF Executive Council Member he endeavours to work toward ensuring Southland and Otago receive adequate funding for renewals.
We welcome David Bowman back to the team as a seasonal operator. With a many years of experience in the industry, primarily as Excavator Operator/Supervisor, David has re-joined the Southland crews as a Plant Operator in January. He looks forward to expanding his knowledge and skills on-site with the construction crew.
The Roading Company continues to offer sponsorship local events and causes. We have recently sponsored the Central Otago Emergency Management Wall Planner, in support of the local Civil Defence. In Southland we sponsored a local Wallacetown child who required medical care.
As part of our ongoing programme to update plant, the company has recently purchased a 12M Grader, the latest model in the Caterpillar M Series, set up for machine control. This has been utilised on several sites now and is proving to be a success. A second new TMC transport trailer has been purchased to assist the crews transporting the plant around the region and a new Kubota tractor has been added to the plant for finishing work and site work.
Our programme of works looks promising for the remainder of the season. This is a reflection of the quality of The Roading Company’s work and recognition by the region’s councils and NZTA that due to the skills and expertise of its staff, TRC provides good value for money.
We look forward to meeting client expectations on all projects throughout the region for the remainder of the construction season.
The 2011/12 construction season has seen The Roading Company successfully completed major NZTA and Local Government roading projects throughout Southland and Otago. It has been a busy season which has included a range of varied work types including road reconstruction renewals, gabion basket and guardrail construction, Foam Bitumen Stabilisation construction, subdivision works and footpath construction.
Our team has completed or is working on the following roading projects across the region:
- SH99 Bickley Road Pavement Rehabilitation
- SH99 Taunamau Creek Pavement Rehabilitation
- SH99 Waimatuku Pavement Rehabilitation
- Central Otago SH6 Pavement Rehabilitation
- SH94 So Big 1A Rehabilitation
Southland District Council
- Fairfax Isla Bank Road (Boundary Road) Pavement Rehabilitation
- Blackmount Redcliff Road (Jericho Hilll) Pavement Rehabilitation
- Lake Monowai Road (Blackmount Redcliff Road) Pavement Rehabilitation
- Brydone Glencoe Pavement Rehabilitation
- Ryal Bush Wallacetown Rd (Branxholme Makarewa Road) Rehabilitation
- Central Area Drainage Improvements
Clutha District Council
- South Clutha Pavement Rehabilitation (including Renfrew Street Balclutha, Owaka Valley Road & Purakanui Falls Road)
Invercargill City Council
- Fairweather Road Widening and Overlay
Queenstown Lakes District Council
- Slopehill Road East Upgrade
- Buckingham Street Rehabilitation
- Centennial Ave & Adamson Drive Pavement Rehabilitation
- Glenorchy Queenstown Road Pavement Rehabilitation
- Mt Aspiring Road Upgrade, Wanaka
Central Otago District Council
- Burn Cottage Road Seal Extension
Waitaki District Council
- Weston/ Saleyards Rd & Stonewall /Awamona Rd Intersection Improvements.
- Craig Road Right Turn Bay, off SH1 at Mataura
Over the winter months, along with taking a break, the crews focus on maintenance of all plant and equipment, in preparation for the next season. Our company policy ensures our plant is regularly maintained and kept in a safe, operable condition. This includes regular inspections to ensure statutory requirements are met and management instructions are observed.
Pleasingly our most recent Provisional operator Rating from NZTA has been calculated as 5 Star.
The Roading Company successfully completed its annual ISO 9001:2008 Telarc Registered Supplier audit in February. We also revalidated our ACC WSMP Tertiary Level certification in May. These revalidations reflect the quality of The Roading Company’s work along with our continued focus on health and safety in the workplace.
We welcome Nathan White and Dan Clearwater to the construction teams. Nathan joins us in Southland from TSK Whites with a crushing industry background. He is looking forward to expanding his knowledge and skills into on-site construction. Nathan is commencing study for his NZ Certificate in Civil Plant Operation Level 3.
Dan has been working with the Central Otago team over the season as plant operator and has now accepted a full time role. A competent driver, Dan recently passed his Class 4 drivers licence.
Trish Shearing has joined the administration team in the Wallacetown office on a casual basis.
We continue to be proactive with staff training. Refresher courses have been held over the past months for STMS & TC training, Site Safe Civil Passports, Work Place First Aid and COPTTM updates.
Mark Cruden has attended a recent H&S Hazard Management course and also the NZTA Road Surfacing Roadshow in Dunedin.
Regan McRandle participated in an NZDDA workshop on managing drug/alcohol risk in the workplace.
Mark also attends regular meetings for NZ’s National Pavement Technology Group, of which he is a current active member, representing The NZ Contractors Federation. NZPTG are responsible for developing and maintaining best practice standards in NZ pavement design, specification and construction on behalf of NZTA.
Dave Wilson has continued to liaise with NZTA as part of the National Maintenance Task Force Working Group and he has recently made submissions on transport aspects of several draft annual plans.
All staff will attend the annual Quality Assurance meeting and the Health and Safety meeting in June. This is a good opportunity for the company processes to be analysed, discussed and improvements made where necessary. All staff are encouraged to contribute at these meetings.
Training is also given in any new procedures and where lessons have been learnt. These meetings are also used to develop staff understanding of technical specifications, reading of drawings, and new construction techniques to aid in their day to day operations.
Recent plant additions to TRC’s fleet include a 12M Series Grader, Nissan Water Cart and a New Holland site tractor.
We look forward to a busy 2012/13 construction, with several projects already in the pipeline and tender preparation underway for upcoming projects throughout the regions.