WORK WATCH: Orange City Council general manager Garry Styles and mayor John Davis inspect work to patch potholes in Coronation Drive caused by recent rain. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0305potholeWORK to repair Orange’s roads is a never-ending challenge for Orange City Council according to mayor John Davis.
“It’s a bit like painting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, you’re sort of chasing your tail,” he said.
“We’ll never have them [the roads] fixed. They’ll never be brand new and we’ll never have them perfect.”
Cr Davis and general manager Garry Styles inspected work to repair potholes in Coronation Drive yesterday, just one of the many roads that took a battering from recent wet weather.
Cr Davis said patching work around town would not survive ongoing downpours and was only a temporary measure to fix the roads.
“We’ll certainly do a lot of patching,” he said.
“There’s potholes on good roads … however I don’t think anyone would begrudge the rain.”
Before the wet weather, the council began a $3.1million program of road repairs six months ago.
Since December, $2 million has been spent on patching and resurfacing an area equivalent to 60 city blocks.
Mr Styles said wet weather may mean minor delays to work on the Northern Distributor Road.
“We might have to look at hot mix instead of some of the bitumen seal,” he said.
“It would certainly add a bit to the price but fortunately we’ve sealed a fair bit of it already so its unlikely to be a huge impact.”
Scheduled roadwork will be prioritised to take the storm damage into account.
“The contractors will be hard to come by and the weather forecast for the next month is certainly not suitable for doing major works,” Cr Davis said.
“We’ve got to make sure we spend the money wisely in the best places.”
Council crews began work to patch potholes on the weekend, using about 12 tonnes of ‘cold-mix’ since last week.
Rain has delayed work in Endsleigh and Lone Pine Avenues while work in Moulder, Anson, Prince and Byng streets has been completed.
Details and locations of potholes and potential road problems can be reported to the council’s customer hotline on 1300 650 511, or by email to [email protected]
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