A new partnership between Ashburton District Council and Fulton Hogan will mean better roads for the region.
Fulton Hogan has been awarded an $18 million, five-year contract to complete road maintenance work in the Ashburton District.
Service Delivery Committee chairman Stuart Wilson said, "A lot of work went into the contract to ensure that it delivers maximum benefit for the region. It is a very good contract and we are getting very good value for money."
The contract includes a better road inspection regime, tighter reporting requirements and a larger scope of projects than has previously been in place.
Cr Wilson said the partnership will improve the standard of road maintenance across the Ashburton region. "Fulton Hogan will be working hard to improve road maintenance on both gravel and sealed roads," he said.
The announcement comes after a long collaboration between Mid and South Canterbury's Territorial Local Authorities. Ashburton District Council; Timaru District Council; Waimate District Council and MacKenzie District Council are all using the same contract, which Cr Wilson said will "create a uniform approach for the maintenance of Mid and South Canterbury's roads".