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Public consultation reveals road concerns

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NO LOOSE STONES: The spray seal surface on Field Street after being swept as part of the sealing process.

The City of Whyalla has been encouraged by the amount of feedback on roads it has received in the public consultation process for the 2019-2020 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget.

Along with many questions and constructive suggestions on the draft plan and budget, Council has received a great deal of feedback on the spray seal process being used in this year’s roadworks program and proposed for many more of our roads in Whyalla.

In the draft plan and budget, Council is proposing a combination of spray seal and asphalt hot mix in a $14m road program over the next three years.

"If the overwhelming majority of people only want hot mix, then that’s something Council can consider but it must remembered that would mean seven times less roads being upgraded" CEO Chris Cowley

With the spray seal process coming in at seven times cheaper than hot mix, the combination of the two processes is being suggested to allow more roads to be upgraded.

Feedback has since been received from residents that the spray seal leaves too many loose stones on the road. Council CEO Chris Cowley said the feedback was greatly appreciated and there had been work done on spray seal roads to alleviate the issue of loose stones.

The normal process for spray sealing is to allow a couple of weeks for the road to settle and then sweep the loose gravel up and remove it.

“The issue of spray seal roads illustrates how important, and successful, our public consultation has been on the 2019-2020 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget,” Mr Cowley said.

“We have definitely heard people’s concerns on the spray seal roads through this process and done a detailed analysis on the roads that have already been spray sealed.

“There may be some issues on the roads in the two weeks before they are swept but once the loose gravel has been removed these are very good, serviceable roads and we also do secondary sweeps.”

Mr Cowley said the Council would still like to hear from residents, at any time, if they felt a particular road wasn’t up to scratch.

“Residents can contact Council any time about road concerns and there’s still plenty of time to make submissions on the proposal to use a combination of spray seal and hot mix on different roads,” Mr Cowley said.

“If the overwhelming majority of people only want hot mix, then that’s something Council can consider but it must remembered that would mean seven times less roads being upgraded.

“The proposed $14m roadworks program will cover more than 40 roads and 43.8km of works in the next three years with the combination of the two processes.”

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SOLID SURFACE: The recently spray sealed and swept Jaws Road.

Mr Cowley said many recently spray sealed roads would be swept in the next couple of weeks with the secondary sweeps, to remove any further loose gravel generated by traffic movements, also scheduled.

Boral, the company responsible for nine roads being resurfaced earlier this year, was successful in securing the City of Whyalla contract for this latest bituminous surfacing that started this week. More than 60 sections of road will be upgraded in this contract.

The spray seal roads have an estimated life of at least 20 years, dependent on traffic, and up to 30 years in lower traffic areas.

Have your say

The 2019-2020 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget, Rating Policy, Draft Summary Fees and Charges and Draft Long Term Financial Plan documents can be viewed online on at http://www.whyalla.sa.gov.au/publicconsultation with hard copies at the Council offices on Darling Terrace and the Whyalla Public Library.

To allow the public a greater opportunity to have input, the deadline for submissions has been extended to Tuesday, June 25, 2019. They can be put in writing to council@whyalla.sa.gov.au or by post Box 126, Whyalla SA 5600.

The public has another opportunity to ask questions and make submissions on the 2019-2020 Draft Annual Business Plan and Budget at Council’s ordinary meeting on Monday, June 17, 2019, that starts at 5.30pm.

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CURRENT WORKS

Below is the schedule for this week which may change depending on many factors including the weather which has held up work today (Wednesday, June 12).

Tuesday June 11

Profiling: Mallaquana Rd (Bend at Horseshoe Rd), Watts St.

Asphalt: Mallaquana Rd (Bend at Horseshoe Rd)

Wednesday June 12

Profiling and Asphalt: Broadbent Tce Service Road (Between Norrie Ave and Racecourse Road)

Thursday June 13

Profiling: Norrie Ave (between Broadbent Tce and Nicolson Ave)

Asphalt: Broadbent Tce Service Road (Between Norrie ave and Racecourse Road)

Friday June 14

Profiling: Norrie Ave (between Broadbent Tce and Nicolson Ave) 

Asphalt:  Broadbent Tce Service Road (Between Norrie Ave and Racecourse Road) 

Saturday June 15

Profiling: Essington Lewis Ave (Between Elliott St and Bradford St)

Asphalt: Broadbent Tce Service Road (Between Norrie ave and Racecourse Road) 

There will be road closures and detours in place on all these roads, apart from Norrie Ave as the Boral crews are only working on one side of the road. The other side will be open to traffic as they work on the left-hand side, heading away from Lincoln Hwy

This schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions and workload.

ROADS INCLUDED IN THIS ROUND OF WORKS

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