Work is to continue this week in Coldstream on upgrading the section of Kidston Road from Coldstream Creek Road to Kal Park.
The road is being resurfaced but a gravel surface laid down to start the work has been in pretty rough shape with several potholes.
Mayor Jim Garlick says the storm that blew through last Saturday was the problem.
“There’s a fair amount of traffic on that road and we had the storm that went through that didn’t help it. But, it’s like any construction project, you don’t know a hundred per cent what the weather’s going to be”
Mayor Jim Garlick says the method being used is part of a pavement management plan that is designed not to rebuild roads from the base up.
“It’s to prolong the life of those roads as long as possible. So when they’re beginning to crack up we want to catch them as soon as possible so that they don’t fall into complete disrepair.”
He says resurfacing a road that is just beginning to fail can result in getting a longer life out of it.
The method used is a cost saver and allows for kilometres of road to be done as opposed to metres.
Garlick says it’s also better than taking a road down and starting from a new base.
“That’s what we’re trying to carry out in the district is look at these roads and prioritize them so that we are resurfacing them. We’re not rebuilding the entire road, we’re resurfacing them so we’re preventing moisture from getting down into the base and destroying them completely.”
Garlick says the District is trying to stretch its money as far as possible.
He admits it’s been a little challenging but expects the work to be done shortly.
Motorists going through the area over the next few days should be prepared for delays.
There’s no immediate plan to continue past Red Gate.
The Mayor says some drainage work is needed.
The District and the Province are working on plans to expand parking at Red Gate and Coldstream has been given approval to do survey work in the park towards that extra parking.