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Program to upgrade intersections of gravel and sealed roads.

By Latrobe City Council - 24th January 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City has embarked on a program to upgrade intersections of gravel and sealed roads by sealing a short section of the gravel.

Latrobe City Mayor, Councillor Tony Hanning, said that by sealing a short section of the gravel at the intersections, a number of benefits had been identified which would increase safety for motorists and reduce ongoing maintenance costs for ratepayers.

“Traffic tends to cause a build up of gravel at these intersections, causing a loose surface; and there is also a tendency for the gravel to be swept out onto the sealed pavement creating a potential hazard for through traffic,” Cr Hanning explained.

“By sealing a short section of the gravel road at these intersections, these problems can be eliminated, leading to improved traffic safety,” Cr Hanning said.

“While a number of these intersections have been sealed over the past few years in conjunction with other works; this is the first time Council has actively undertaken a specific program to upgrade these intersections. “The first stage of the program is currently under way and is being carried out by the City’s roads maintenance unit with assistance from specialised contractors. Already, a number of intersections on Mattingley Hill Road, Traralgon-Maffra Road and the Moe-Glengarry Road have been upgraded; and our program over the next few weeks will see substantial improvements to intersections on Traralgon Creek Road at Traralgon South,” Cr Hanning said.

Cr Hanning said that the intersection sealing program would also reduce maintenance costs and result in increased safety for the road maintenance crews.

“Gravel intersection areas tend to corrugate and pothole due to turning vehicles and the acceleration and deceleration of vehicles. It is also difficult to maintain the shape of the intersections when grading the roads, which can lead to flat areas, causing water to lay on the road, thus leading to more rapid deterioration,” Cr Hanning said.

“Preventing these situations arising by sealing the affected area, is an investment in reduced maintenance costs later on. There is an additional benefit for the safety of road maintenance crews, as the additional sealed section deletes a potential hazard, by removing the need for a grader to put its nose out onto a road carrying heavy traffic,” Cr Hanning concluded.

Photo: Latrobe City’s Sealed Road Maintenance Person in Charge, Mick Cantwell; with Kevin Williams, KND Maintenance (roller); sealing a gravel intersection on Mattingley Hill Road.

Media Enquiries:

Cr. Tony Hanning, Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 373 577

Cr. Brendan Jenkins, Deputy Mayor, Latrobe City
tel. 0417 374 590

Ms. Penny Holloway, Chief Executive Officer,
tel. 5173 1401 or 0417 557 103

Jeremy Bein, Public Relations and Communications Officer,
tel. 5173 1468


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