Big bill for road repairs

PERTH city council has written off more than $1.6 million in paving and roadworks due to shoddy workmanship.

The council says a granite pedestrian crossover between Forrest Place and the railway forecourt was “defective and not suitable for service”.

That resulted in a lengthy dispute with contractor Downer EDI Works, which had charged $598,095 for the work. It was eventually released from having to rectify the work and the PCC got a new mob in to fix it up, costing another $598,088.

Acting CEO Doug Forster says “the terms of the settlement are confidential” but it was “an acceptable commercial outcome” that addressed the pavement failure issue.

The council also wrote off more than $1m of cruddy cobblestone work at the Northbridge Piazza.

Stones started to break up shortly after installation, and the council blames “substandard” workmanship and the strength not being as good as manufacturer Monoflex had claimed.

It was replaced with sturdier asphalt earlier this year, costing $443,865 to fix up.

Lord mayor Lisa Scaffidi said “nobody’s perfect, we learn from mistakes and carry forward and do better in the future”.

by DAVID BELL

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