ORANGE councillors have to decide how much to spend on each kilometre of road when it comes to repairs, and the decision should come down to quality of the surface not quantity, according to mayor John Davis.
Cr Davis described the section of the Northern Distributor Road (NDR) from Leeds Parade to Clergate Road as one of the bypass’ major blemishes.
“We inherited this [from the previous council] but there’s no blame game,” he said.
“It’s not satisfactory, but hopefully it will be in the long term.”
Cr Davis said the current group of councillors took full responsibility for the poor road surface on the most recent stretch of the NDR from the Leeds Parade roundabout to the Mitchell Highway/Bathurst Road, but said the “blemishes” weren’t as severe as the older stretch of the NDR.
“I personally believe there’s been a massive change in the thought process of councillors, they’d rather have better quality roads even if it takes longer and costs more,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of discussion at a management and worker level of what will fix it.
“They’re confident what we’re doing will.”
Cr Davis said all councillors agreed hot mix asphalt was the best solution especially for Orange’s less than ideal soil structure.
“It’s not a cop-out but you have to take it into consideration,” he said.
“It’s always been more expensive to build a road in Orange.”
He said investigations were underway to pay for contractors to work over the Christmas/New Year break to capitalise on the six-month window of opportunity to undertake road works.