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4 March 2015

Two stage urban reseal work nearing completion

The Gore District Council’s resealing work in central Gore is expected to be completed early next week, weather permitting.

The first stage of the two-stage reseal work on Irwell, Mersey and Ashton streets was carried out earlier this week and unfortunately caused some concern among residents.

Gore District roading manager Murray Hasler said the amount of exposed new bitumen prompted calls about what some people believed was poor sealing work.

However people were seeing just the first of a two stage process used when resealing some streets with high traffic flow, he said.

“It’s good to have people noticing the work we are doing, but I can assure them when the roads are finished the surface will be up to our usual high standard.”

The reseal process involves putting down a thick layer of bitumen then large coarse sealing chips. A coat of fine material is laid over the initial coarse seal a few days later, resulting in a smooth road surface.

Mr Hasler said the first thick coat of bitumen was needed to strengthen and waterproof the base.

“The second coat is like the icing on a cake and ensures a smooth ride.”

Irwell Street will have its top coat added tomorrow; with Mersey and Ashton streets scheduled for Friday, weather permitting, Mr Hasler said.

Gore District Council 29 Bowler Avenue Gore P: 03 209 0330 E: info@goredc.govt.nz