Rate payers getting it in the chook thanks to road maggots who pay nothing

A bungled Dunedin City Council cost estimate to complete safety improvements and a cycle/walkway on Otago Peninsula has left the project more than $13 million short.
The council announced yesterday an estimate for the project on Portobello Rd and Harington Point Rd that includes a cycle/walkway from Taiaroa Head to the city had risen from $20 million to $49 million.

The earlier estimate, drawn up in 2011, did not include parts of the cycleway to be built, land that had to be bought and a contingency fund to cover unforeseen expenses

Nobody takes care to do these things right.  After all, there’s always more money where that came from!  

A contingency fund, “a normal thing to do” when developing estimates, had also been left out.

“It wasn’t a robust process, and we need to acknowledge that.”

Mr Saunders said the latest estimate, developed with the NZTA, was part of a “very, very robust process”, which had included independent peer reviews….

NZTA southern planning and investment manager Graeme Hall said the new business case for the project demonstrated the revised cost still delivered “significant value” for the community and visitors to Dunedin. On that basis the NZTA was able to confirm its commitment to fund the remainder of the project.

Cycling lobby group Spokes’ chairman Jon Dean said his group was disappointed the design included a shared cycle/walkway, instead of the separated cycleway the group wanted.

However the compromise solution would help “a really, really large proportion” of cyclists and the wider community.

The council is planning an open day in July where the public could view the plans for the improvements.

The project would be put out for tender in August and work was expected to start in October or November.

And then it will still cost more.

It always does.



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