Cry for quality roads
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