The Canberra Times informs us that, failure being an orphan, Reynders Constructions are shouting loud and long that they built the collapsed bridge formwork over the GDE exactly the way it was on the plans.
As the spider’s web of contractors and consultants point fingers the culpability of Roads ACT becomes clearer.
— Roads ACT presided over a system without accountability to spend millions of our dollars and which tens of thousands of Canberrans were to trust their lives to.
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— Roads ACT approved plans which were unsafe.
— Roads ACT hired inspectors unable to make accurate assessments of the safety of the works.
Yes the failure was in formwork, not the finished product assuming the formwork had held up.
But having systemically failed to spot the problems in the formwork can we have any faith in their other work? Before it falls down?
Two people are responsible for Roads ACT. The very long serving Director, Tony Gill, and the Minister for Transport. Jon Stanhope.
They’ll tell us there’s no problem. But they’d have said that on 13 August too.