Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) has commenced its reseal program for 2017. Council has plans to complete over 8km of reseals on regional roads and over 11km on its local road network. Council also has an urban reseal program, with over 35,900m2 of pavement to be resealed.
“The Shire currently maintains over 1394km of road. The average cost of resealing is approximately $42,350 per kilometre. With a finite budget to carry out projects, each road is assessed using a condition rating system from one to five,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council is currently completing road rehabilitation projects on 400m of Inverkip Road and 2.14km of Moreduval Lane. These works include the recycling of the current pavement and adding appropriate binders to increase the strength of this material. Then an overlay is being applied to increase the pavement strength and quality,” he said.
“Resealing involves spraying hot bitumen on to the surface of an existing sealed road and then spreading aggregate. The bitumen acts as a waterproofing membrane and the aggregate protects the bitumen and provides traction for vehicle tyres. Moisture ingress is the single most damaging element in the life of any road and resealing drastically reduces the amount of moisture that can penetrate the road surface,” he continued.
Before and after – a section that has been rehabilitated on Moreduval Lane.
“Council will complete resealing work on regional and local roads around the end of February, weather permitting. Work will then commence on the urban resealing program,” he said.
“Council has had incidence of members of the public criticising us for resealing roads as a waste of money because resealing does nothing to improve the shape of a rough road. While the early signs of an aging seal on a good road are not always obvious to an untrained eye, the timely re-sealing of a bitumen sealed road can drastically reduce the need for road maintenance and pothole patching for periods of up to 10 years, which is generally regarded by the road industry as the best practice interval for resealing roads. Obviously with a limited budget we must strive to make every dollar go as far as possible,” he continued.
“In regards to funding roadworks, Council’s Community Strategic Plan survey, which is currently underway provides the opportunity for all residents to comment on how they think funds should be allocated at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2LWBS6K and I urge everyone to have their say,” Councillor Hope concluded.
With a finite budget to carry out roadworks, each road is assessed using a condition rating system from one to five.