Chipping away at quality

LETTER

I was very disappointed to read the article stating that chip seal will be replacing hot mix on some of the city roads.

Mr Wilson must be on a different planet to state it “would provide a similar look to the road surface”.

I would challenge him to provide figures as to the maintenance cost of chip roads compared to hot mix.

From personal experience driving and cycling on the district’s roads, the smooth hot-mix roads seem to have to be resurfaced far less often than roads with chippings.

For the hot-mix roads, the only repairs are often when access to underground cables/pipelines etc is necessary.

The cost of broken windscreens, damage to car bodywork from chips and bleeding tar is never factored into the cost of the surface, let alone the hazard to cyclists from chippings that get piled up at the side of the road.

If the council wants Gisborne to be a cycle-friendly city we should have more roads surfaced with hot mix, not less. Replacing hot mix with chips IS lowering the standard . . . come on, don’t try and treat us as idiots.

Ian Burton

I was very disappointed to read the article stating that chip seal will be replacing hot mix on some of the city roads.

Mr Wilson must be on a different planet to state it “would provide a similar look to the road surface”.

I would challenge him to provide figures as to the maintenance cost of chip roads compared to hot mix.

From personal experience driving and cycling on the district’s roads, the smooth hot-mix roads seem to have to be resurfaced far less often than roads with chippings.

For the hot-mix roads, the only repairs are often when access to underground cables/pipelines etc is necessary.

The cost of broken windscreens, damage to car bodywork from chips and bleeding tar is never factored into the cost of the surface, let alone the hazard to cyclists from chippings that get piled up at the side of the road.

If the council wants Gisborne to be a cycle-friendly city we should have more roads surfaced with hot mix, not less. Replacing hot mix with chips IS lowering the standard . . . come on, don’t try and treat us as idiots.

Ian Burton

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