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Incompetent road resealing around Canberra

By M 20 February 2013 45

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!

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wildturkeycanoe 3:32 pm 10 Oct 13

Nice way to revive an old story with the advent of similar goings on at the moment! It might take a while to get a response to your letter so I will wait another few months before seeing this pop up again.
Good on ya for doing something about it too! Beats stuffing around on forums whining….

tim_c 2:54 pm 10 Oct 13

Jere13 said :

It’s actually getting worse.

I would honestly rather hotmix roads with the odd pot hole than chipseal everywhere.

No, in ACT we get the worst of both – they put rubbish chip seal (or should that be “shard seal”?) down, and then install inverted potholes (aka. speedbumps).

magiccar9 1:37 pm 10 Oct 13

Jere13 said :

I’m writing a letter to Shane Rattenbury on the poor quality of our road sealing in the ACT today.

Will post the result on here.

Marvellous, I like your thinking!

Felix the Cat 12:56 pm 10 Oct 13

Jere13 said :

I’m writing a letter to Shane Rattenbury on the poor quality of our road sealing in the ACT today.

Will post the result on here.

He will claim the budget for road resealing is $Xmillion and therefore they can only do so many roads with that amount of money and that they need to be done with the chipseal just to do this many.

They did a pretty reasonable job (eventually) resealing parts of Gungahlin Dr near Mitchell a few months ago using what looks like a cross between smooth bitumen and the coarse loose gravel. The weather kept stuffing the job up and it took probably 3 times as long as it should of. they should of waited until now when it’s warmer and less rain to do it rather than try and do it in the middle of winter.

Jere13 12:16 pm 10 Oct 13

I’m writing a letter to Shane Rattenbury on the poor quality of our road sealing in the ACT today.

Will post the result on here.

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