Tar-maged­don on Kāpiti Coast roads

The Dominion Post - - Front Page - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Com­plaints keep com­ing about a sticky sit­u­a­tion on the Ka¯piti Coast.

Mo­torists hit by the botched re­seal on Para­pa­raumu streets, north of Wellington, con­tinue to re­port dam­aged paint­work, chipped wind­screens and tar-cov­ered car­pet.

Ka¯ piti Coast Dis­trict Coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture group man­ager Sean Mal­lon said con­trac­tor Downer was re­spon­si­ble for the failed work but the coun­cil would act on be­half of those af­fected.

‘‘We’ve had 37 ser­vice re­quests in to­tal. We’re con­tin­u­ing to re­fer these to Downer, who we un­der­stand have re­ceived a few more di­rectly.’’

Po­ten­tially hun­dreds of ve­hi­cles

‘‘I’m highly dis­ap­pointed in the qual­ity of work­man­ship.’’ Ka¯ piti Coast res­i­dent Daniel Kearns

had been dam­aged in the past week. About 2km of Mazen­garb Rd – home to Para­pa­raumu College and a child­care cen­tre – had been af­fected, as was Guild­ford Drive, Hadleigh Court and College Drive.

A Downer spokes­woman blamed weather con­di­tions for the fail­ure, which left drifts of gravel and ex­posed tar over at least 4km.

‘‘Re­seal­ing work is sen­si­tive to tem­per­a­ture changes and is de­signed to cover av­er­age weather con­di­tions. The sud­den burst of cold weather im­pacted the re­seal­ing job and ad­versely af­fected the end re­sult. We re­gret the trou­ble that this has caused.’’

Para­pa­raumu man Jack Nut­tall had two cars dam­aged by the stone chips. He paid $140 to have the tar re­moved from his tyres, which had turned ‘‘slick’’ due to the buildup.

He praised the coun­cil’s help but said that he was frus­trated with Downer.

‘‘Per­haps a more proac­tive re­sponse should have taken place with the of­fer of re­me­di­a­tion, rather than the pub­lic hav­ing to chase up road­ing con­tam­i­na­tion.’’

Daniel Kearns said his wind­screen was dam­aged on Mon­day night when stone chips were thrown up by on­com­ing cars trav­el­ling on Mazen­garb Rd.

‘‘I’m highly dis­ap­pointed in the qual­ity of work­man­ship that has gone into this road,’’ he said.

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