12 October 2018

Safer ACT roads ahead with government's $16m annual resurfacing program

| Lachlan Roberts
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The ACT Government’s annual road resurfacing program is set to commence.

Around 230 lane kilometres of roads will be resurfaced and resealed across Canberra thanks to the ACT Government’s annual resurfacing program, which will start this year in the suburbs of Tuggeranong.

ACT Roads Minister Chris Steel announced the start of a $16 million resurfacing program on Monday (8 October), which will see approximately 230 lane kilometres or approximately 1,000,000 square metres of roads resurfaced across the ACT road network.

A number of major roads will be resealed as part of the program including sections of Hindmarsh Drive, the Monaro Highway, Mugga Lane, Canberra Avenue, Lady Denman Drive, Woodcock Drive, Gungahlin Drive, Kuringa Drive, Majura Road, Parkes Way, Coulter Drive, Ellenborough Street, Ginninderra Drive, the Kings Highway and Tidbinbilla Road.

While resealing works will occur in many ACT suburbs, more extensive works will take place in Garran, Kambah, Phillip, Red Hill, Campbell, Charnwood, Higgins, Holt, Latham, Macgregor, Melba, Page, Scullin and Turner.

Along with the resealing works, asphalt overlays and microsurfacing will be conducted on Coulter Drive, Woodcock Drive, Ellenborough Street, Treloar Crescent, Katherine Avenue, Dominion Circuit, the Caswell Drive off-ramp, Hindmarsh Drive, Gungahlin Drive, College Street, Drakeford Drive, Horse Park Drive, Ashley Drive, the Federal Highway and Majura Avenue.

The works will be carried out during off-peak times and at night to minimise the impact on road users, however, motorists are asked to be patient when travelling through work sites or, if possible, use alternative routes.

This year, Mr Steel revealed the ACT Government will trial a new material on sections of Horse Park Drive and Gundaroo Drive called Plastiphalt.

“This material, composed of recycled glass and soft plastics, will be trialled on existing sections of Horse Park Drive and Gundaroo Drive during this year’s resurfacing program,” Mr Steel said.

“For every tonne of Plastiphalt placed, the equivalent of 800 plastic bags, 252 glass bottles and 18 used printer toner cartridges will not find their way to landfills. 300 kilograms of recycled asphalt is also used for every tonne of Plastiphalt.”

Signage will be erected well in advance, with affected residents and businesses to be advised by letterbox drop at least two days before the start of resealing works on their street.

During the stages of resurfacing there may be some loose gravel which will be swept up within a short period of time.

The program is expected to be completed by April 2019.

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I hope they do a better job than they have done in the past – just spray tar on the current (often still OK) surface, tip on a pile of small stones, and just walk away. What a mess that creates!

You know that apparently ok road? Well let’s put it this way the chip seal is used as a preventative measure. Who would have thought? Don’t seal and that road will deteriorate quickly and will require even more costly repairs.

And that’s the “problem” with Canberra roads. Unlike main roads in Sydney for example our roads don’t cop the same pounding from heavy vehicles so are generally “ok” but still require a seal. So voila chip seal rather than an expensive rip’er up and repave like in Sydney. (Suburban roads get chip seal though).

Now whilst none of us likes chipseal it is the most cost effective method of reselling, what as you have put it is an otherwise ok road.

They do now have the microse/slurry seal method too but that can only be used on a previously chipsealed road as the slurry needs a rough surface to grip to.

Or as was the case with Horse Park drive near Casey last year they chipsealed then a few weeks later did the slurry. It was amusing the comments on the Canberra Drivers Facebook page where people thought they stuffed the original seal and had to do it again. When reality was they were using the slurry anyway but had to chip seal first to give the slurry something to attach too. This method does give the benifit of chipseal with a smoother surface so might be the middle ground in the future.

Capital Retro9:21 am 10 Oct 18

“Signage will be erected well in advance, with affected residents and businesses to be advised by letterbox drop at least two days before the start of resealing works on their street.”

They just did parts of Bugden Avenue in Fadden but the signage and notices did not happen first. It was a serious inconvenience for a lot of people.

There were no scheduled garbage and recycling services here yesterday.

It’s a waste of time phoning that administration speed-hump call Access Canberra too.

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