WasteMINZ is looking at developing a guide around management and disposal of coal tar in the road corridor. The guide is intended to provide direction on identifying coal tar embedded in asphalt or sub-base materials within the road corridor, options for managing it and disposal. From the work AT has done in Auckland (and presented at the RCA Forum a couple of years ago), we know that AT rarely finds coal tar during road corridor works. We also know that Christchurch does identify coal tar more frequently as a result of the earthquakes, and management/disposal of the material is a concern.
What we don’t know is the prevalence of coal tar in the road corridor across NZ and whether other RCA members have an issue with it – either as an asphaltic material or in sub-base layers. The working group is keen to understand the prevalence and whether the proposed guide is likely to be useful to NZ RCAs.
Waka Kotahi has published an updated version of the Standard Safety Intervention toolkit. This toolkit provides guidance for road safety practitioners on the effectiveness and value-for-money cost range of proven safety interventions to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on Aotearoa roads.
Transport projects are increasingly used to transform places, rather than just to increase or improve transport links. One example is the ‘dynamic clustering’ (increased density) of businesses, residences and people in areas affected by the project, which should be included in its appraisal.
This Hub provides a platform for iwi and hapū Māori partners, government stakeholders, academics and Māori organisations to identify and prioritise the main evidence gaps relating to Māori in the transport sector, and to collectively work towards addressing these gaps through further research.
WorkSafe (with input from industry and Waka Kotahi) has drafted good practice guidelines for road and roadside worker health and safety. This draft is now out for industry consultation. If you would like to review the draft and submit feedback, please see the following link. The consultation period closes 13 September 2021.
To help with the planning process for upcoming RCA forums, a short survey that asked forum members to indicate their level of interest for nine different topic areas (and 53 proposed individual topics) was sent to all forum members (identified by RCAF).
Waka Kotahi are reviewing speed limits on 11 corridors in Northland and North-Auckland, and from 3 May through until 14 June they are actively seeking people’s feedback on ways they can improve safety on these roads.
The RCA Forum Executive is keen to hear from you. COVID-19 has put a halt to the networking programme during 2020 and the plan is to gear up to deliver a rich and interesting programme over the next three years. If you haven’t already, please engage in a short survey that will help us develop the programme to meet your needs. You can access the survey here if you haven’t already received it.