Ire driven by road’s state

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

We have a man on the coun­cil. He is in charge of our road­ing in the South Waikato.

I won­der if he goes out and checks our roads. They are in a shock­ing state.

You will see a road work­ing crew do­ing the road for about a week, they seal it then go away.

A week later they are back patch­ing the holes that have ap­peared in the so­called new road.

Does he check the work or does he just pay the bill ev­ery month. User pays again and again do not think so, get the road fixed prop­erly the first time.

Ban patches yeah on the roads first. Stop rip­ping us off and fix them prop­erly the first time thanks.

SWDC re­sponds: Coun­cil mon­i­tors progress dur­ing con­struc­tion and main­te­nance, in­clud­ing qual­ity con­trol through test­ing.

First-coat seals on new roads are prone to some de­fects, and there is no ma­te­rial that will pre­vail in con­tin­u­ous wet weather.

While these de­fects are nor­mally mi­nor, five weeks of wet weather does com­pound the sit­u­a­tion.

The main­te­nance con­trac­tor car­ries a li­a­bil­ity for six months fol­low­ing the con­struc­tion of a new road so coun­cil in­curs no ad­di­tional costs.

Main­te­nance on ex­ist­ing roads is nor­mally sched­uled for fine weather.

Coun­cil is not li­able for re­work. The com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged to re­port pot­holes to coun­cil so they can be recorded in our ser­vice request sys­tem and ac­tioned in a timely fashion. Les Pinkerton


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