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50 Days and 50 Ways – #43

#43

Push to continue the allocation of over $1million each year to local division 9 roads

Asphalt isn’t the most exciting topic. It’s black, sticky and hot and we drive on it every day, and the reality is it doesn’t make for very interesting facebook posts or blog updates. So I’ve been a bit silent on it for 4 years, and kept my work behind the scenes.

That being said, I’ve been working hard over the past 4 years to see approximately $5million spent on our local roads, rehabilitating, resurfacing and replacing road pavement (asphalt). The City’s road network consists of approximately 3,200 km of sealed roads with an estimated replacement cost in excess of $2 billion. Proactive maintenance of these assets is essential to maximise their useful life and minimise costly reconstruction. The lifecycle management of a road asset generally involves replacement of the seal every 10 – 20 years (depending on traffic volumes and operating conditions) and reconstruction of the structural pavement after approximately 50 – 60 years.

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The asphalt surface of a road is gradually degraded by weather conditions, particularly UV light, heat and rain. After a period of time the surface becomes brittle begins to crack. Once water begins to penetrate, the pavement becomes soft and ultimately fails. This can result in costly reconstruction of the whole road.  Regular resealing is a preventative maintenance treatment to preserve and extend the life of the road.

Each year I sit down with engineers and we look at the top 25-30 or so priority projects, consider carefully those that are subject to other negotiations and prospective development applications, and select the top 10-15 to deliver. It’s an important process and helps us respond to the feedback of the community when they’ve mentioned a road that is important to them. We do the same with pathways and parks, and the community tell me that they expect to be involved in these processes. We’re glad to help!

One particular project like this is the Hardy’s Road replacement, funded over two financial years, 15/16 and 16/17, to the tune of over $700,000. It’s been a critical project due to the way water washes over the road in heavy rainfall events and the slow deterioration of the road over time. We’ve budgeted the funds over and above our baseline $5million allocation over the term and pleased that the work can be commenced very soon. I know residents of that area have been patient as the cracks in the road pavement are repaired each year.

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Another major project (pictured above) is the road link Eden View Drive and Gemvale Road. Constructed on the boundary of Division 9 and Division 13, adjacent Kings Christian College just south of Mudgeeraba, this project was valued at $8.37 million dollars and is a critical congestion relief initiative of this council. It was jointly funded by the Australian Government, our council and Kings Christian College. It’s expected to be completed in July 2016. Work is already being done to ensure plans for community facilities in the area are appropriately updated and amended to reflect what will likely be changed vehicle and pedestrian habits. For instance, work is already being done on enhancements to Lancashire Park (to the north-west of Kings, and the bottom right of the photo) to cater for more active pedestrian movement between homes and the school. Fences and facilities will need to be considered and that planning work has commenced.

I’d love to be returned on March 19 to finish this job and continue the good work we’ve been doing to build new roads and refurbish those requiring maintenance. Vote 1 Tozer on election day to see these projects come to fruition in the community interest.


Note: Thanks to the engineering department at Council for providing some of the technical information in this blog.


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