FAIR GO: Steve Povell and Steve Abraham working between the weather on Coolangatta Road.COUNCIL roadwork staff continue to battle the wet conditions as well as a few hidden surprises on Coolangatta Road.

The road is being resealed in two stages. Stage one has a primer seal and line marking and is now awaiting conditions conducive to the final seal.

However, stage two proved more complex.

Geotechnical tests done prior to the work didn’t show that there was organic matter including timber and logs along with other poor-quality material in isolated sections under the pavement.

The road could not be completed without removing the foreign matter.

Shoalhaven City Council project delivery manager Paul Collins said the issue meant council had to dig out those sections and strengthen the pavement.

“That’s where the majority of the extra costs have gone,” he said.

Mr Collins said those costs were put through and detailed to the RTA.

“We obtained $1.1 million externally and council spent $500,000.

“Even the roadside batters didn’t appear to be the subject of erosion, but when we opened them up they showed signs so there was extra cost involved in improving them also.”

Mr Collins said the rain had been a major issue for the last couple of years.

“It’s a problem where we’ve got constant rainfall events that keep the ground wet.

“It’s disrupting not only our jobs but jobs in other areas and that then impacts on the availability of our sealing contractor.

“Recently on Coolangatta Road we had just got the old road ready to bring the stabiliser machine in. It was graded on the Friday, there was heavy rain over the weekend so on Monday we had to grade it again, stabilise it, finish that on Wednesday in readiness to come in with the next layer.

“It gives you an idea of how susceptible we are to the weather.

“We’re also affected by working under traffic.

“Work has been done to stabilise the sub base and we will now continue installing the base layer over the next few weeks,” he said.

Recent road work on Culburra Road, Pyree Lane and Huskisson Road had been very public failures for which council was often blamed.

However those problems were due to blockages in the contractor’s new equipment.

Mr Collins said in each case the contractor came in and rectified the problem.

“On Culburra Road they removed and replaced about a 200 metre length of road, while Huskisson Road needed only minor repairs.

“The Pyree Lane section was completely removed and re-done.

“The contractor carried the cost on those three jobs,” Mr Collins said.

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