Locals’ patience tried by the state of roads
THE Mansfield Courier, like the Mansfield Shire council, has received numerous complaints about the results of road works carried out earlier this year in Ogilvies Road and Malcolm Street.
It was promised that the Ogilvies Road project would upgrade the road to such an extent that trucks would be able to safely use it.
“When completed the long stretch of road will re-open to all traffic, including trucks, which have been banned for the past two years due to pavement deterioration,” Mr Valente, from the shire engineering department, said in a Courier article on the project in the March 22 edition.
However, within weeks of that seal being completed, the Courier was sent photos of pot holes formed in the newly laid road.
“What we’re seeing on Ogilvies Road is ‘seal delamination’,” manager of engineering works for Mansfield Shire Council Neil Ogilvie said in the May 10 edition of the Courier.
“This is where the bitumen layer is ‘unsticking’ from the gravel pavement layer.”
Since that time, there have been ongoing efforts to repair the road, which continues to ‘unstick’ and form potholes.
The other contentious project from the first half of the year was the resealing of Malcolm Street.
It was reported in the Courier of April 26 that the project, which had already been going for some weeks, had been further delayed.
Due to be sealed before Easter, at first contractors could not source the road materials required and then rain further delayed the project.
Long suffering residents, who had put up with dust and mud for many weeks, were therefore horrified when the surface began to buckle and pothole within weeks.
“I’m still finding pockets of mud in my car from the roadworks,” said Malcolm Street resident Ross Martin.
“If anything, the surface is worse than before it was done.
“I think they did a very shoddy job,” he added.
The Courier contacted Mr Ogilvie to see what progress has been made.
“The Malcolm Street resealing was phase one of the project,” Mr Ogilvie said.
“However, the pavement was not completed via subcontract to the specified standard and will be remediated by the contractor, with no further cost to the shire.
“Phase two will be work on the parking lanes and guttering.
“Both phase one and two will be completed this financial year,” he added.
Also, Mr Ogilvie explained that Ogilvies Road was not constructed with complying pavement materials.
“The contractor accepts this and remediation work should be completed by December at the latest at no extra charge,” he said.
“The contractor in question has shown great strength of character in accepting re- sponsibility and working with council to resolve these issues.
“I cannot fault their willingness to accept mistakes were made and work alongside us to rectify them, at their own cost,” Mr Ogilvie added.
There is a degree of frustration in the engineering department, due to the expectations upon a very small team who are unable to match the outputs of larger local governments.
“We do not have a significant Quality Assurance capacity, so that mistakes like these could be rectified prior to project completion,” Mr Ogilvie said.
“Our small technical team of 3.6 plus 18 depot road staff are looking after almost $200 million worth of infrastructure and we are one of the smallest engineering and works departments in the state.”
It would seem that residents and road users need to be patient – in the not too distant future, both of these roads will be brought up to standard.
HILLS AND HOLLOWS: This photo shows some of the damage done to the ‘new’ surface in Malcolm Street.