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Work category 231: Associated improvements

 

Introduction

This work category A type of activity – not confined to a particular activity class, e.g. new roads (work category 323) appears in:

* activity class 12 – local road improvements
* activity class 13 – state highways improvements
provides for:

  • minor drainage and seal width improvements carried out in conjunction with road renewals
  • widening of existing seal, where this is the least-cost maintenance treatment, and
  • installation of new minor traffic management Activities/devices that facilitate management of the road network equipment and facilities.

This definition applies to the 2012-15 NLTP A National Land Transport Programme Interrelated and complementary combination of activities that, when delivered in a coordinated manner, produce synergies – can span more than one work category and more than one activity class, e.g. a programme could include a road improvement and public transport improvement activities. adopted by the NZTA under section 19 of the LTMA, as from time to time amended or varied .  For the 2015-18 NLTP please refer to the updated definition for work category 231.

 

Examples of qualifying activities

Examples of qualifying activities include, but not be limited to:

  • Installation of culverts One or more adjacent pipes or enclosed channels running across and below road formation level having a cross-sectional area less than 3.4 square metres. (having a cross-sectional area less than 3.4 square metres), water channels, subsoil drainage, or Kerb and Channel Combined kerb A border of rigid material, usually raised, which is formed at the edge of a traffic lane or shoulder. and drainage channel. , where this is shown to be necessary:
    • to protect adjacent property from run-off from the road surface
    • to protect the pavement The road structure that is constructed on the subgrade and supports the traffic loading. .
  • Extensions to Approved Organisations’ drainage systems in built-up areas, where such improved drainage is necessary for the protection of the road – costs should generally be apportioned according to the respective volumes of runoff from contributing areas of roadway and other land.
  • Increases to seal width to overcome maintenance problems, up to the seal width accepted by the NZ Transport Agency for the traffic mix and volume on that section of road.
  • Installation of new signs and traffic management Activities/devices that facilitate management of the road network equipment and facilities, or upgrading these to the current standard, up to a limit of $10,000.
  • The cost of drainage and seal width improvements carried out in conjunction with renewal work must not exceed 20 percent of the cost of the basic road renewal work.

     

    Other potential activities that are not in the above list should be discussed with the NZ Transport Agency for eligibility.

 

Exclusions

This work category A type of activity – not confined to a particular activity class, e.g. new roads (work category 323) appears in:

* activity class 12 – local road improvements
* activity class 13 – state highways improvements
excludes:

 

Funding assistance rate

The usual funding assistance rate is:

 

References

For detail about:

  • signs and traffic management Activities/devices that facilitate management of the road network equipment, see Traffic systems and road safety.

 

Evaluation of activities

Approved Organisations and the NZTA (state highways) must be able to show that provision of the improvement in conjunction with the renewal work is necessary and economically efficient.

 

The Approved Organisation and the NZTA (state highways) must undertake economic efficiency evaluations for the following activities and make copies of the evaluations available as requested by the NZ Transport Agency:

  • individual seal widening projects
  • new drainage facilities, such as culverts One or more adjacent pipes or enclosed channels running across and below road formation level having a cross-sectional area less than 3.4 square metres. , water channels and kerb A border of rigid material, usually raised, which is formed at the edge of a traffic lane or shoulder. and channel, and
  • new kerb A border of rigid material, usually raised, which is formed at the edge of a traffic lane or shoulder. and channel project evaluations.

 

These projects must be the long-term, least-cost option for the Approved Organisation and the NZTA (state highways), calculated in terms of present value (PV A future cost or benefit at its discounted value at the present day. Net present value (NPV) is the present value of a future benefit less the present value of the associated future cost. All benefits and costs are in current day values, without adjustment for inflation. ).

 

References

For detail about:

  • signs and traffic management Activities/devices that facilitate management of the road network equipment, see Traffic systems and road safety.
  • over-width carriageways, see Application of network documents
  • A simplified economic efficiency procedure is provided for seal widening in the Economic Evaluation Manual (Jan 2016) – see SP1.
 
 

Last Updated: 22/02/2017 12:09pm