The weather is hot, and so are the roads

​Friday 8 December, 2017

Summer temperatures have well and truly arrived in Mid Canterbury, and Ashburton District Council is reminding motorists to be cautious of the affect hot days can have on road surfaces.

“During the next few days, we expect some road surfaces around the district may reach temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, and this could result in something known as ‘bleeding seal’. This is when the bitumen melts and begins to appear on the top of the chip seal road surface, making the road sticky,” Council Roading Manager Brian Fauth says.

“When this happens, our contractors apply small chip over the affected areas to try and absorb the bitumen. If you come across a section of road that looks to be melting, please slow down, drive carefully and report it to us.

“We’ve already had cases of bleeding seal occurring this week near Methven, which has been addressed, and it’s likely that the hot weather could see this type of thing continuing next week.”

Council’s contractors have been carrying out road sealing on Thompsons Track, Line Road, Isleworth Road and Arundel Rakaia Gorge Road this week, and Mr Fauth says hot temperatures often impact on this work.

“New road surfaces can take longer to settle on very hot days, so it’s important drivers slow down around these works, as there may be loose chip seal on the road where there ordinarily wouldn’t be after road works.”

To learn more about the work carried out on roads around Ashburton District, keep an eye out for Council’s new ‘Roading Worx’ campaign on Facebook, the radio and in local newspapers. 

Page reviewed: 08 Dec 2017 4:59pm