Wakefield Regional Council

$1.2 million on road renewal before Christmas

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11 October 2019

"In this round of renewals, we estimate that over 25km of unsealed roads will be resurfaced,” Mayor Reid said.

Templeton Road unsealed

Wakefield Regional Council will spend $1.2 million on unsealed roads before Christmas, as part of its annual works program and continued efforts to improve the road network across the region.

Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said road renewal had remained high on Council’s agenda over recent years and about $43 million is forecast to be spent on the network over the next 10 years.

“We know how important roads are to our community and under this round of renewals, we estimate that over 25km of unsealed roads will be resurfaced,” Mayor Reid said. 

“Whether it’s heavy vehicles, visitors travelling through our region, or locals getting around the district – we’re renewing these roads to give everyone a smoother journey.”

Templeton Road, north of Balaklava, is the latest to be completed in this round of unsealed road renewals. Key sections of other unsealed roads due to receive the same treatment include: Old Boundary Road, Plains Road, Bismark Valley Road, Bunama Road and Marola Road.

“We have the third largest unsealed road network in South Australia, and while we resheet about 80km each year, these roads need continual maintenance,” Mayor Reid said.      

Find out more about our plans for the region's roads here.

As unsealed roads wear out they need renewing through ‘resheeting’ to replace their top surface. This is when 100mm of compacted gravel is placed on top of the existing road.

“Contrary to popular belief potholes can’t be repaired by patrol grading, they really need a renewal to the top layer of the road, which these latest works will provide.

“Council crews will be carting gravel to various locations – so we ask drivers and residents to adhere to the changed conditions for the safety of road workers and the community.”

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