As construction activity ramps up, it’s not surprising to see construction equipment companies using their experience to expand into new areas.
But how will they cope with what could be a surge in demand for roadrunners?
As the boom intensifies, companies will need to make adjustments in how they deploy equipment and how they manage workers.
But the first real impact on the industry will be in the roadrunners’ home town of Port Harcourt, north of Melbourne.
With the population expected to increase from around 10,000 in 2020 to around 35,000 by 2030, the city is in the middle of a construction boom and a boom in the logistics industry.
With thousands of trucks and tractors arriving every day, it will be difficult for contractors to keep up with demand.
The roads and roads are too long for the roads are not wide enough, but you can’t just do it.
You need to have the ability to make those adjustments in the short term, say experts.
One of the biggest challenges is the number of workers required to maintain a road.
It’s not just the roads themselves that will need repair.
“If you’re looking at an entire town like Port Harfield, which has a population of 40,000 people, it would take about 40,00 people to keep the roads open,” said Mark Worsley, managing director of engineering consultancy firm Worsleys Engineering.
What about the roads? “
The infrastructure that’s being built now is not good enough.”
What about the roads?
One of roadrunner demand is that the roads need to be more like the highways that have been around for thousands of years.
The first roadrunner to be built was built in 1872, and was used to provide access to Melbourne’s east coast.
But since then, the state’s roads have expanded, and now the roads span nearly half of Melbourne’s metropolitan area.
They are the longest, most modern highways in Australia, covering about 2.2 million kilometres and the longest on the continent.
Roadrunners have long been used to transport goods and people between Melbourne and the west coast, and there is still a large trade between the two regions.
As more people move between Melbourne’s major ports and cities, it becomes increasingly important to have roads that are capable of moving goods and passengers across these vast distances.
“We have to have that kind of infrastructure to accommodate the increase in demand,” Mr Worsly said.
“That’s where the traffic control will be a challenge.”
The Victorian Government has allocated $7.5 million for roadrunner rehabilitation projects, and the State Government has also invested $3 million in roadrunner infrastructure over the next four years.
But a major problem is the state government doesn’t control roadrunner maintenance.
It has a patchwork of local and state government agencies that have a limited role in maintaining roads.
Some of these agencies are contracted out to private contractors, which are not regulated by the State or Territory Government.
Mr Worgley said this is the biggest challenge for roadbuilders.
“There are a number of councils and local authorities in Victoria that are going to have to take over that responsibility because the infrastructure they’re managing is just not up to the standards of the road,” he said.
He said the roadbuilders themselves would need to adapt to this.
“I would be shocked if there was not a shift from an industrial to a service sector based approach to roadwork,” he says.
“When you have a project that is of this scale, there will be some significant impact on what the industry does in terms of managing workers.”
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