Riverton Landfill access road still on track
The Riverton Landfill Access Road Concrete Pavement project is expected to be completed next fiscal year with the Government proposing to spend $30 million next fiscal year.
The project, which is aimed at improving the utilisation of the Riverton Landfill and to reduce the down-time and operating costs of garbage trucks, was initially scheduled for completion this March, but Noel Arscott, the minister of Local Government and Community Development, said the delay in undertaking the project was due to the non-release of funds, from a sponsor.
"It was on the Mexican side that there has been some delay, but we anticipate the funds will be here sometime shortly," Arscott said.
For the 2015/2016 fiscal year, the two-kilometre access road to the landfill will receive attention under the project funded by the government of Mexico.
The works to be undertaken include the preparation of the existing surface, the construction of drains along the roadway, as well as the construction and maintenance of the concrete pavement.
"The road is currently in a bad state, and an improvement like this would present quicker turn-around time for trucks going into the landfill. Where they do two trips for a day now, they will be able to do three, maybe even four. They can also work at nights," Arscott said.
The minister said further that the poor state of the road forces truck operators to drive slowly, and this presents an opportunity for vandals to jump onto the trucks.
Meanwhile, the central government is proposing to increase the allocation to the National Solid Waste Management Authority for the purchase of cover material for the landfill. Some $61 million was given to the entity for this purpose in the 2014/2015 fiscal year, and it is proposed that $75 million should be provided in the new fiscal year.
"That is to prevent the outbreak of fire," Arscott said, while adding that the NSWMA will be moving towards a system where it operates only one active cell at a time, which would be covered as soon as it is filled.