Resealing programme to start
The first stage of the 2020 reseal programme will start on Te Akatarawa Road on 20 January. (See the attached list of roads for reseal and proposed dates subject to weather.)
Every summer Council undertakes its road resealing work. Roads require resealing for a number of reasons including when cracks or potholes start to appear, or they become slippery.
The seal on a road is like paint on your house - it keeps water out of the structure underneath. Like paint, the seal breaks down over time and starts to let water in.
When the surface of a road starts to break down it is time to reseal. The ideal time to reseal is just before any damage occurs, so your road may still look to be in good condition. We aim to keep it that way.
Resealing involves the following:
- minor repairs are carried out prior to resealing
- hot bitumen is sprayed and stone sealing chips are spread and rolled in
- excess sealing chips are swept away and road marking is reinstated.
- additional sweeps may follow in the next six months.
For your own safety, the safety of the workmen, and to protect the new seal, please observe the speed limit even when there is no activity at the site. If there are warning signs in place, please take care as the carriageway may be prepared for the reseal or the reseal recently completed. The signs will not be removed until the surplus chip has been lifted and the road markings reinstated.
The new seal remains susceptible to damage for many weeks after the reseal. Care is needed to ensure that there is not sharp turning of heavy vehicles, strong acceleration, etc. as these actions will cause damage to the new seal.
- The workers will be doing everything possible to make sure this work is completed safely but you can help by:
- standing well back from the action and following any directions from the workers
- warning your children of the dangers and making sure they take care
- keeping pets away from the area while the work is in progress
Check your shoes
So you don’t trek dirt, bitumen or sticky little stones from the site, avoid walking on recently sealed surfaces. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you check your shoes or take them off before you go inside. You may also want to check them before you get into your car.
Want to find out more?
If you want to find out more about this year's reseal programme please contact the Waimate District Council Roading Team on 03 6890000 or email email@example.com