Posted November 08, 2020 08:52:24 A major road project that was due to begin in 2017 is now facing uncertainty after a contractor was found to be in breach of the terms of the contract.
The Federal Government has agreed to a $3 billion road upgrade project to upgrade trams, ferries and other public transport services in Seattle.
Key points: The Trimax road replacement project will replace the entire city’s existing road network and add up to 8.6 kilometres to the city’s interstate route, which runs from Vancouver to Portland, Washington.
It will be completed by 2021 and is expected to create a total of 1.5 million construction jobs and $1.5bn in economic activity for the city.
A report by the Federal Government’s transport watchdog says the project could have an impact on interstate travel and jobs in the area.
The report said it was the first time the Federal Department of Transport had assessed whether the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) was meeting the required conditions to award contracts to contractors.
“There are a number of concerns that the project is well on its way to completion,” the report said.
It was written by former Transport Minister Peter Dunne and found the FTA was not providing adequate oversight and oversight had not been exercised to protect public health and safety.
FTA has since said it would hold a public consultation on the project to determine if it should be awarded the contract and if there were any concerns about contractor compliance.”FTA will work with Trimakax to ensure that it is awarded the Contract and that it meets the obligations of the Federal Infrastructure Act,” a spokesman said.
“We will be monitoring this project closely to ensure the project can meet its full and appropriate benefits to the community and the wider Australian economy.”
Mr Dunne said the FTA would ensure that the trams were not built in areas where there was a high risk of accidents.
He said Trimachoad was the third project to be awarded a contract under the Federal Transport Agency (Fta) since it was established.
Trimax, the Federal agency which owns the trampoline track that runs between Portland and Vancouver, said it had been in talks with the Federal Ministry of Transport (MoT) and was confident it could meet the contract conditions.
“As Trimas contract is on track, we will continue to consult with Trimbax and will continue working with the MoT on this project as we have for the other projects,” a Trimbac spokesman said in a statement.
Tramac, which was originally awarded a $1 billion contract in 2016, has not submitted a tender for the contract to be built, the spokesman said, adding the agency was “looking at all options to secure the Trimbacs bid”.
The agency has been working closely with the City of Seattle to deliver on a $6.5-billion $1-billion project that will see Trimbaclubs main trampolines replace the citywide streetcars and ferry systems.
Transport Minister Peter Dutton said he was confident the contractor was in good standing and would work with the city on the contract terms.
“This is a case of good governance,” he said.