Think about it like giving your house a new coat of paint which will last about 10 years; , it protects the road structure from moisture, but it doesn’t fix all faults.
Prior to resurfacing, your street may undergo a number of different works to rectify minor faults and improve drainage. These are done to ensure maximum value is achieved for the community and the roading asset.
This work is more extensive and can include building up the road or digging up and removal of parts of the road. Road reconstruction is only done when an assessment of the cost of the current repairs required and future year costs are higher than the reconstruction costs. Within two years of reconstruction, there will be a further resurfacing, to ensure the investment (road) is protected by adequate waterproofing.
Road seal widening
This is a widening or an extension of the width of the road where there is no kerb. There are a number of roads that are now too narrow for their current and expected traffic, but do not qualify for a full reconstruction, therefore extra width is created to widen the existing road. These are usually rural roads.
This involves the placement of a new surface over the existing footpath. It is sometimes necessary to carry out repairs including removal of the existing footpath surface and the material under the surface prior to preparation for a new surface. Prior to a footpath reconstruction, Council may contact residents about any non-complaint vehicle crossing to their property and offer to work with them to make the vehicle crossing comply to Council’s standards and specifications.
Kerb and channel reconstruction
This involves removing and replacing the existing kerb and channel. As part of the works, changes to road widths, alignment and traffic calming measures (road safety) may be done in conjunction with this reconstruction.