The Warrnambool City Council’s annual road resealing program will begin on November 23, with about 14km of roads included in the three week work schedule.
The $570,000 program will see resealing undertaken at 64 sites throughout the municipality.
Road resealing involves spraying the road surface with a layer of bitumen before rolling a layer of stones into the surface, a process that extends the life of the road by up to 15 years.
Warrnambool City Council Acting Director City Infrastructure Luke Coughlan said that resealing was carried out on roads that were in generally good condition, but were starting to form cracks in the pavement.
“Road resealing is an important part of our maintenance program, because it seals cracks in the road and helps to prevent water from seeping into the lower layers,” he said.
“A pothole forms when water makes its way through the top layer of bitumen and disrupts the lower layers of road base, creating a weak spot that eventually collapses.
“Resealing is a preventative measure to extend the life of our existing roads and help to avoid more expensive repair work in the future.”
The works will be completed by Inroads, who won a joint tender to reseal roads in both the Warrnambool City and Corangamite Shire councils.
“For the sixth year, we have partnered with the Corangamite Shire Council to offer the resealing contract for both municipalities under a single tender,” Mr Coughlan said.
“This creates an economy of scale, saving both Council’s money in the process.
“It’s also encouraging to see that with lower global oil prices, we have also seen lower bitumen prices, allowing us to save a further 10 to 15 per cent on what the same job would have cost 12 months ago.”
Council maintains approximately 330km of roads.
For a full list of roads included in the reseal program, visit www.warrnambool.vic.gov.au/road-reseal-program