We use chipseal – the stony surfacing – a lot because it is the most effective way to keep water out of the underlying structure and provides a highly skid-resistant surface.
Smooth black surfacing (usually asphaltic concrete) is used in other places, particularly where we need to even out or reshape sections of road. For cost and other reasons – we can’t use it everywhere so we go through a decision process that looks at all the factors when choosing the road seal to use.
On average, we resurface about 68km of road every year – about 10 percent of the city’s 690km of roads. This costs about $9.5 million a year, with the NZ Transport Agency paying about half and the remainder funded through rates.
The work mostly happens between November and March because warm air and ground temperatures are essential to get the best results.
What to expect if resurfacing work is planned in your street
Before we seal a road, we make sure footpaths and kerbs are in reasonable condition so we don’t have to dig them up after we have resurfaced. When required, this work happens about six months before the planned resurfacing. Residents will receive a letter explaining what’s planned and when.
In the lead-up to resealing, our contractors will deliver a letter about two weeks before work starts. This gives us a chance to consider any feedback and adjust the timing if necessary. For instance – if you have an event planned on the day we plan to seal then we may be able to change our plans to suit you.
When the work happens there will be trucks, rollers and workers using other equipment. Expect some noise, particularly if we have to remove (mill) the top surface before the new seal goes on.
View scheduled road works for 2020/2021 in the map below.
Vehicles may be towed
A reminder goes to all houses at least 48 hours before work happens and the same notice is left under the windscreen wipers of vehicles parked in the street. This is to encourage people to park clear of the work area during work hours.
If vehicles are in the way on the day, they may be towed to a parking spot nearby. These are normally towed back to where they were found, or the nearest available park. If yours is not where you parked it, first check nearby streets before calling the contractor or Council Contact Centre on (04) 499 4444. The contractor’s contact details will be on your roadworks notice.
When contractors have to move a vehicle from proposed work areas, they have to follow a certain process: Move Vehicle for Road Works
The workers will be doing everything possible to make sure this work is completed safely but you can help by:
- standing well back from the action and following any directions from the workers
- warning your children of the dangers and making sure they take care
- keeping pets away from the area while the work is in progress
Check your shoes
So you don’t trek dirt, bitumen or sticky little stones from the site, avoid walking on recently sealed surfaces. If you can’t avoid it, make sure you check your shoes or take them off before you go inside. You may also want to check them before you get into your car.
It’s important to take special care when there’s been recent work in your street, but bear in mind – the bitumen on footpaths and roads can also get sticky in hot weather.