Cry for qual­ity roads

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -


In re­sponse to Pete Jenk­ins’ (Whitby ratepayer) let­ter and Anita Baker’s (PCC) re­ply (KMN, De­cem­ber 6), there are two parts to road­ing costs. The re-sur­fac­ing cost and life of the sur­face. Di­vide the two, and you ar­rive at an an­nual cost.

Ms Baker is cor­rect. PCC uses the cheap­est road sur­face, with a very short life, which de­te­ri­o­rates even more quickly in warmer cli­mates, and in high load ar­eas (cor­ners, junc­tions, hills, etc). Much of the rest of the civilised world pro­hibits its use other than for sin­gle lane roads.

Hot mix (and more modern syn­thetic blends) is vastly su­pe­rior, but costs more for the ma­te­ri­als and to pre­pare the old sur­face.

For more than 10 years, ev­ery al­ter­na­tive sur­face PCC could use has been sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper on an an­nual ba­sis. Not only are PCC us­ing a very cheap sur­face, they don’t re­pair the en­tirely fore­see­able dam­age which oc­curs quickly af­ter re-sur­fac­ing, or resur­face ev­ery 12-18 months, as

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