Road maintenance in Australia has traditionally been undertaken directly by the labour forces of the responsible authority. In 1990, the Roads andTraffic Authority (RTA) decided to undertake a pilot study to determine the efficiency of contract maintenance. This paper describes the features of the pilot. For the evaluation, part of the Sydney Region main road andstate highway network was divided into three parts: (i) a network maintained by a contractor under the management of private sector project managers (the contract network); (ii) a network maintained by the RTA workforce under the management of private sector project managers (the works centre network); (iii) balance of the network maintained by the RTA workforce network under the management of RTA personnel (the base network). The pilot project proved the feasibility of contracting the full range of road maintenance activities. It also demonstrated that the performance of the contractor was at least equal to that of the RTA workforce; it resulted in a significant improvement in the efficiency of the RTA workforce through the application of contractual work methods and the exposure to competition; andit demonstrated improvements in maintenance effectiveness through the separation of accountability for road maintenance management and resource management. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.


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  • Pagination: p. 107-21

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  • Accession Number: 00669769
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM