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The Latest Round of Re-surfacing

By M - 28 October 2013 5

Now I know the state of re-surfacing of roads in the Capital has been covered many times on RA, but I have a directly related issue on my mind.

Having driven from one side of Canberra to the other and back again on the weekend, I couldn’t help notice all of the “This road will be re-sealed…” signs propped against poles in the areas being targeted this season. Of concern to me is the roads that have been selected. Some of the roads I noticed;

  • Hindmarsh Drive (between Mugga Ln and Jerrabomberra Ave)
  • Maswon Dr
  • Athllon Dr (between Vosper St and Drakeford Dr)
  • Athllon Dr (between Beasley St and Melrose Dr)
  • Melrose Dr (between Athllon Dr and Botany St)

Why do these roads need re-surfacing? A lot of them were covered last season and the others are perfectly fine (eg, Mawson Dr). Basically now, we’re going to be left with loud, dangerous, and rough roads when we didn’t need to be. On the other hand there are roads that are screaming for a new surface – such as Yamba Dr where the road surface has worn to nothing more than a slick surface that is a death trap in the wet.

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The Latest Round of Re-surfacing
neanderthalsis 1:47 pm 01 Nov 13

neanderthalsis said :

Jere13 said :

I know I bang on about this a lot, but it does’t make sense.

It is a cheap and easy fix, albeit a short term one that requires higher ongoing expense than if they did a proper HMAC job the first time. I think the real problem lies in how TAMS is budgeted. They have a handful of dollars allocated annually by our political overlords to stretch out across all Canberra roads and they are chastised into keep expense to a minimum.

there is no forward thinking, just a plan to eek out the current dollars and maybe hope for a pat on the head (or maybe a PS Gong) if they can get to the need of the year and have some money to put back into general revenue. This generally happens when you put professional bureaucrats in charge of maintenance units instead of people who know what they are doing.

Erggh, so many typos. I will start penance now.

neanderthalsis 1:45 pm 01 Nov 13

Jere13 said :

I know I bang on about this a lot, but it does’t make sense.

It is a cheap and easy fix, albeit a short term one that requires higher ongoing expense than if they did a proper HMAC job the first time. I think the real problem lies in how TAMS is budgeted. They have a handful of dollars allocated annually by our political overlords to stretch out across all Canberra roads and they are chastised into keep expense to a minimum.

there is no forward thinking, just a plan to eek out the current dollars and maybe hope for a pat on the head (or maybe a PS Gong) if they can get to the need of the year and have some money to put back into general revenue. This generally happens when you put professional bureaucrats in charge of maintenance units instead of people who know what they are doing.

Jere13 12:50 pm 01 Nov 13

I know I bang on about this a lot, but it does’t make sense. Aside from being dangerous, noisy and rough just the visual impact these roads have is apalling. The roads in Phillip look discraceful. Roads that would not look out of place in a third world nation.

I saw that sign in Mawson and it might as well have said “stone chips coming to all cars in Mawson”.

Will be avoiding the Mawson shops for a good few months then and shopping at Farrer. I really hope that the shops in Mawson complain about this.

DUB 12:07 pm 28 Oct 13

magiccar9 said :

Let me be the first to correct my spelling of Mawson on the second dot point. Apologies.

Identical thinking, I too was wondering why these were selected?
Although, Melrose drive was done last week- they did spray tar, I assume, black lines all over the road. This was it.
Makes me wonder if TAMS have a barrel with tickets that have street name printed on them, “lucky draw”, no matter if the street surface is good. Nitwits.

magiccar9 11:56 am 28 Oct 13

Let me be the first to correct my spelling of Mawson on the second dot point. Apologies.

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