20 September 2023

'Substantial' amount of road maintenance work expected for summer

| Claire Fenwicke
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Roadworks along Canberra Ave

Resurfacing works on several Canberra roads have been scheduled for the summer season. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

Several major roads across Canberra will get a new coat of bitumen as drier weather makes for perfect resurfacing conditions.

The ACT Government has announced the start of its new strategic road maintenance program to refresh the Territory’s roadways.

Transport and City Services Minister Chris Steel said the government had increased its road maintenance expenditure by 52 per cent over four years, which included an “up to 150 per cent increase” in asphalting.

This takes the total budget for road maintenance to $153 million over that period.

“The new strategic road maintenance program is evidence-based and will have a greater focus on resurfacing the Territory’s major roads and greater use of asphalt,” he said.

“With drier conditions expected, a substantial amount of road maintenance work is expected to be completed over this summer season.”

Road resurfacing works are generally undertaken each year during warmer weather conditions, with the service life of a highly trafficked road set at more than 10 years.

Residential streets are calculated to deliver 25 to 30 years of service.

Road resurfacing treatments include road resealing, asphalt resurfacing and micro-surfacing to help waterproof the road, improve skid resistance and fill cracks in the pavement.

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Construction will also begin on David Walsh Avenue, Forde, in the coming months.

“This project will incorporate an innovative Foam Bitumen Stabilisation treatment which delivers increased resistance to moisture, less emissions and construction waste, and reduced traffic disruption at a lower overall cost,” Mr Steel said.

“Design work is underway for further works on sections of the Monaro Highway, Kings Highway and Sulwood Drive.”

Major roads to receive road resurfacing treatment over the coming months will include:

  • Adelaide Avenue, between State Circle and Kent Street
  • Tuggeranong Parkway, southbound between Lady Denman Drive and Cotter Road
  • Gungahlin Drive, several sections in both directions between the Barton Highway and Glenloch Interchange
  • Barton Highway, from Kuringa Drive towards the ACT/NSW border
  • Federal Highway, from Antill Street towards the ACT/NSW border
  • William Hovell Drive, both directions between Bindubi Street and Coulter Drive
  • Akuna Street in the City
  • Anketell Street, Tuggeranong, in several sections
  • Hindmarsh Drive, in several intersections.

Overnight asphalt resurfacing work has already been completed on sections of the Tuggeranong Parkway near the Molonglo River.

More information on road resurfacing, including a map of the full program and daily updates on roads receiving treatment, can be found online.

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kaleen_calous3:01 pm 20 Sep 23

Amazed to hear that Mouat St from Northbourne Avenue to Brigalow St in Lyneham is not up for resurfacing its current condition is nothing short of disgraceful – presently a goat track that is a vital transport link for around a third of Belconnen’s population. Ah well in the “fullness of time” I guess.

Substantial’ amount of road maintenance work expected for summer – Oh joy another smashed windscreen from drivers who overtake in the 40 zone whilst stones are all over the roads. Because it’s so much cheaper for the contractors just to leave all the stones on the newly tared roads.

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