Work to start on slippery road fix

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Remedial work on a scrutinised section of Chester Pass Road is expected to begin next week.

Trucking companies last week called for an urgent fix to the section of the road after five serious crashes and several near misses in the past three months when the road was wet.

Concerns over the amount of bitumen in the 150m stretch, just south of Menang Drive, are set to be eased when Main Roads begins repairs.

Main Roads Great Southern regional manager Andrew Duffield said the slipperiness of the section of road was caused by an excess of bitumen within the seal.

Main Roads had completed $1.8 million of widening works on the 5km section of Chester Pass Road, from Henry Street to Willyung Road, this financial year.

“Numerous seal repairs were applied to these sections during the construction of the recent widening activities at this location,” he said.

“The seal repairs were required due to hot truck tyres picking up the existing bitumen surface after traffic had been stopped to allow for construction operations.”

Mr Duffield said works were now scheduled to remove the excess bitumen in a process called water cutting and urged drivers to exercise caution while the works are being undertaken and when travelling in wet conditions.

“Main Roads has scheduled water-cutting operations to remove the excess bitumen and improve surface texture at these locations, however the availability of this specialist equipment is limited,” he said. “It is anticipated that this treatment will be under-taken next week. “Until water-cutting operations have been completed, Main Roads have installed a 60km/h speed restriction at this location along with “slippery road” warning signs.

“A number of crashes have occurred at this location in recent weeks, some of which have included vehicles braking heavily in wet conditions due to turning traffic.”

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