That sticky feel­ing in Wairarapa

The Dominion Post - - News -

Hot weather has turned sev­eral Wairarapa roads into a black, sticky mess. Truck­loads of fine chip and crusher dust have been spread over sec­tions of sev­eral roads to contain melt­ing tar, which was spray­ing up on cars and cy­clists.

Master­ton recorded a high of 29 de­grees Cel­sius yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to MetSer­vice.

In Wairarapa’s largest town, there were nine streets af­fected by bi­tu­men bleed­ing which re­quired new chip.

Master­ton Dis­trict Coun­cil spokesman Sam Ros­siter-Stead said the first weeks of hot weather caused volatiles in the bi­tu­men and en­trapped wa­ter in the pave­ment to ‘‘cook out’’, liven­ing up the bi­tu­men.

Tyre ac­tion then brought the bi­tu­men to the sur­face where it was tracked out and bleed­ing oc­curred, he added.

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