Thursday, July 17, 2014

Resurfacing programmes

A number of constituents have queried the quality of the recent road resurfacing in Glamis Road that was "surface dressed" with chippings and have pointed out to me that the finished surface compares unfavourably compared to streets such as Westgrove Avenue, that was resufaced last year using the "thin resurfacing" method.

I queried this with the council's Roads Maintenance Partnership who advised :
I refer to your constituents' queries regarding the resurfacing of Glamis Road and Westgrove Avenue. These two locations were surfaced using different processes.
Glamis Road was surface dressed which is a cost-effective method of re-waterproofing and restoring the skid resistance to the existing carriageway surface and is used where the underlying road profile remains in reasonable condition. It is used on routes with high vehicle numbers as the action of the traffic is required to embed the applied stone chips.
Westgrove Avenue carriageway had a thin surfacing applied which is a proprietary process used on quieter/ residential routes where traffic flow is less and where there may have been some wear of the existing carriageway fabric.
I have made the point that the "surface dressed" chippings method has clear drawbacks and would prefer to see other - superior - methods used where possible.