Eglinton Road in great shape one year on from surface debacle

FLASHBACK: Cars found themselves banked up along Eglinton Road on the first morning of the third resurfacing attempt on December 5, 2016.
FLASHBACK: Cars found themselves banked up along Eglinton Road on the first morning of the third resurfacing attempt on December 5, 2016.

IT has been one year since the third attempt to resurface Eglinton Road commenced and the work has stood the test of time.

A stretch of the road near All Saints’ College spent the second half of 2016 causing major headaches for road users as it continued to crack and develop large potholes. 

Two resurfacing attempts and frequent patching were carried out before a third attempt in early December. 

The work caused delays for motorists during peak times in the morning and afternoon, but they appear to have been worth it in the long run. 

Mayor Graeme Hanger said council hasn’t received any reports of issues with that section of Eglinton Road since the resurfacing. 

He indicated that the way the work was carried out made the difference to the third resurfacing attempt being successful.

“The works involved milling of the top 100mm of the road surface and recompacting and then overlaying with 150mm of roadbase material, then sealing,” Cr Hanger said. 

Councillor Warren Aubin, a member of council’s traffic committee, said choosing to tackle the road again when the weather was fine also contributed to the overall success of the project. 

“The circumstances leading up to the original sealing job on that stretch of road was a lot less than ideal. I think the weather had a lot to do with it,” he said.

“We really had to watch for that moment in time when the weather was good.” 

Both Cr Hanger and Cr Aubin were able to confirm that council was looking to making further improvements to Eglinton Road. 

“Council is now looking at doing the stretch of road from the in-road to Abercrombie up to Westbourne Drive,” Cr Aubin said. 

When asked whether the road would need to be widened, given the growth of Eglinton in recent years, Cr Aubin said it was something council needed to consider.

He said that, in 2012, Eglinton Road was seeing 10,000 traffic movements a day and he estimated that it would be around 12,000 now.