Firth St repairs ‘typical’ of priorities
Matamata businessmen have expressed disappointment in Firth St’s $90,000 repair job. The owner of Cooper Tyres, Robert Macaree, whose business is located on Firth St, said the repairs were typical of a government department’s value of rural roads.
‘‘They have different priorities for different areas,’’ he said of the NZ Transport Agency, who organised the contractors to repair the road.
‘‘If we were in Auckland it would be all good but rural New Zealand doesn’t get a look in.’’
Instead of really repairing the road, by digging it out by eight feet and rebuilding the base, the transport agency’s contractors laid two inches of asphalt over the potholes, he said, and the road was already curving under the heavy traffic.
He got the impression from the transport agency’s letter, which all Firth St businesses received, that the repairs were going to be more than surface-deep.
Bryce Henderson thought the same.
‘‘They probably had a dig, realised it would cost too much and put it in the too-hard-basket, and decided to put a bit of base down that would last six months.’’
The mechanic, who is based at the Te Poi service station, avoided the street where possible because of the ‘‘headache’’ it caused him.
‘‘They have probably done the best they can but how the hell can they fix it when it they have thousands of cars and heavy trucks going down it.’’
The transport agency’s acting regional performance manager Mercedes Santos said the agency was ‘‘confident the finished job will last many years, with only occasional programmed maintenance’’.
The agency said the Firth St work cost just over $90,000 for the rut fill.
She said repairs to Broadway resumed again on February 9 after technical issues saw the project halted for two weeks. From Monday February 15 they would seal and lay the final asphalt at the SH24/27 and Arawa St roundabouts and put the final asphalt surface through the main section of Broadway St, from the iSite to Meura St, and remove old asphalt at the Burwood St roundabout and patch damaged pavement there.
The structural asphalt work from iSite to the SH24/27 roundabout would be done under a separate contract.
The owner of Cooper Tyres, Robert Macaree, whose business is located on Firth St, said the road was all ready curving under the heavy traffic.