The recent spate of resealing of Canberra’s roads highlights the incompetence of our Government and their cheaply paid contractors.
Gone are the days where they would spend some time and effort properly resealing a section of road – digging it up, laying a proper road-base, then sealing it with a nice mix of asphalt and tar, and finally finishing it off by laying down the lines. Now we are forced to drive what is no more than a gravel road for months after they “reseal” a road. Basically all they are doing now is spraying down something that resembles tar (with far less stick) then dump truckloads of gravel on top. Don’t worry about sweeping the excess gravel off… the road users will destroy their cars doing that for you. Not to mention opening the road immediately after it is finished, even before the tar has time to dry.
Will the Government pay for the cleaning and repairs from the tar spray, gravel chips, and (often) cracked windscreens they are creating? Of course not, because that will eat into their budget – just the same as hiring a competent contractor. So we’ll continue to suffer with half-assed jobs.
When will people wake up and realise that motorists care for their cars and we don’t want their rubbish efforts at sealing a road ruining them!