Work starts on an­nual road re­newal pro­gramme

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The city’s an­nual sum­mer road re­newal pro­gramme gets un­der way to­day, with work planned for 29 sec­tions of road in Hamil­ton.

Re­new­ing the city’s roads gives longer life to them and can re­duce the need for ma­jor re­pairs in the longer term.

Three cen­tral city streets will be re­sealed with as­phalt and the re­main­ing sub­ur­ban roads to be chipsealed, with all up around 14km re­sealed across the city dur­ing Jan­uary and March.

Work started on Tues­day, on Beeresec­ourt Rd, and on Hood St be­tween Alexan­dra and Vic­to­ria streets. Other cen­tral city streets be­ing re­sealed with as­phalt are Colling­wood St (be­tween Alexan­dra and Vic­to­ria streets) and Vic­to­ria St (south­bound, be­tween Alma and Hood streets).

Roads are se­lected based on the age and con­di­tion, with streets gen­er­ally chipsealed ev­ery 10-15 years de­pend­ing on road wear. Work is mostly done over Jan­uary when there is less dis­rup­tion with lower traf­fic vol­umes in the city, and a bet­ter re­sult can be achieved with the sunny and dry weather.

Chipseal­ing work is done in the day, and once the chips have been spread and rolled in, traf­fic can go on the road to as­sist with bed­ding in the new seal. This is fol­lowed by a pro­gramme of sweep­ing and road mark­ing.

Res­i­dents and busi­nesses where roads are to be resur­faced will be no­ti­fied by let­ter, and may have short de­lays or re­stricted ac­cess to and from their prop­er­ties while work is done. Traf­fic man­age­ment will also be in place and road users are asked to take ex­tra care and to keep to re­duced speed lim­its for the safety of those work­ing and oth­ers who may be walk­ing, bik­ing or driv­ing. In some lo­ca­tions work will be done at the week­end.

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