Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Record funding to fill pothole backlog

The NZTA Board has today confirmed indicative funding levels in the National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) to help fix potholes on State Highways and Local Roads.

Transport Minister, Simeon Brown said the announcement gives effect to the Government’s commitment to significantly increase funding for road maintenance. 

“NZTA has confirmed that over the next three years the agency will deliver a record $2.07 billion for State Highway Pothole Prevention and $1.9 billion for Local Road Pothole Prevention,” said Mr Brown.

“Compared to spend under the last government’s 2021-2024 NLTP, this represents a 91% increase in funding for State Highway Pothole Prevention and a 50% increase in the total funding for Local Road Pothole Prevention.

“We have ringfenced this record investment in the Pothole Prevention Fund to resealing, rehabilitation, and drainage maintenance works to ensure that NZTA and councils get our State Highways and local roads up to the safe and reliable standards that Kiwis expect.”

Mr Brown said the Coalition Government had inherited a significant backlog of road maintenance across the network.

“Last year, over 62,000 potholes needed repair on State Highways around New Zealand. We are now catching up on the maintenance deficit to ensure that Kiwis and freight can get to where they need to go, quickly and safely,” he said.

“Indicative funding levels confirmed under our Government provide councils with much needed certainty as they finalise their Long-Term Plans. It will also enable roading contractors to have a clear pipeline of work in our roading network which will allow more investment in the people and equipment needed for its maintenance.

“Kiwis want potholes fixed and our roads properly maintained, and this funding boost will deliver real results across the country. 

“Boosting investment in pothole prevention will deliver a safe and efficient network for New Zealanders that increases productivity and supports economic growth,” said Minister Brown.

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