On 13 December 2017, I asked the Government in Parliament why there has been little or no construction carried out on Bolton Street, Eltham, since 6 December 2017. What follows is the my full question to the Minister and the Ministers response which I recieved this week.
It is said that WorkSafe has ordered the stoppage. Is that the case, and if so, why, or is there some other reason? Residents have reported widespread inactivity on the 1.6-kilometre road for nearly a week now. In addition, a gas main was recently ruptured, which forced local businesses, which are already struggling with reduced patronage and income, to close for the day. Since then there has been very little construction progress, with only a small handful of workers seen each day. Most if not all of the heavy machinery has been stationary, yet the lane closure, traffic diversions and subsequent congestion in Eltham remain.
To Eltham residents it appears this government is oblivious to the pain that this construction work is causing. Traders on the street argue their income has been cut by up to 40 per cent, yet the government is doing nothing to alleviate their concerns. The government has been remarkably quiet about the lack of construction progress, so I want the minister to tell the public why there has been no work on this very important infrastructure project over the last week.
The response I recieved from the Minister for Roads and Road Safety was as follows:
VicRoads advises me that safety on construction sites is of the highest standard.
I undwerstand that WorkSafe visited the site and recommended additional measures.
Between 4 and 11 December 2017, VicRoads procured and installed additional safety devices, and recommenced construction immediately on 11 December.