The uneven but essentially smooth streets on north side of Canberra are rapidly disappearing under harsh layers of chip seal.
Streets all over Braddon are getting their 5 o’clock shadows this week. Swathes of Ainslie Hackett and Watson are already experiencing the wonders of vehicle tyre noise they never had before.
Whole neighbourhoods of kids can no longer ride a skateboard in their quiet culs de sac, or ride their bikes at risk of skin receiving the cheesegrater treatment.
The aforesaid uneveness is not being fixed, as resealing with a new layer of hotmix would do. Loose gravel ends up everywhere. Between piles of gravel on the road like riding on marbles and stones thrown up at you, riding a motorbike becomes a nightmare.
But as Andrew Barr defended it to me the other night, hoons don’t do burnouts on it. Whoopy do.
And it doesn’t last. In the hot weather, traffic works the stones out leaving “fatty” patches of just sticky bitumen skin behind that become smooth and slippery when wet.
Is the ACT the only local jurisdiction foisting such crappy street surfaces on its residents?
Are you happy to have your streets turned into pseudo gravel roads? What MLAs out there are prepared to take up the cudgell against the ALP and Roads ACT and seek a halt to this second-world penny pinching solution?
Spend 20 seconds and rip off a quick email to your MLA (or a bunch of ’em) – email@example.com.