Council calls for public help to spot new road surfaces going soft in the heat

HOT WORK: Council is re-surfacing many roads throughout Orange.
HOT WORK: Council is re-surfacing many roads throughout Orange.

Sections of newly-laid road surfaces throughout Orange are going soft under the scorching heat the city is experiencing this week.

However, Orange City Council has defended its works saying that the softening is all part of the lengthy curing process new bitumen experiences.

It has called on the public to report any patches needing attention so road crews can respond.

Council spokesman Nick Redmond said council had completed more than 20 sections of road re-surfacing since October as part of its $15 million road upgrade program.

He said that under intense heat the top layer of gravel was being pushed into the bitumen by the wheels of passing traffic.

“If you live near a newly re-surfaced section of road, keep an eye out for patches of bitumen that appear much darker than the surrounding road, where the patches appear to be wet and look like they are melting,” he said.

Call council on 6393 8000 to report problem areas.