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.