oversight that resulted in freshly painted suburban road
markings sealed over on the same day was ''a bit
embarrassing'', the Dunedin City Council admits.
The new markings were painted on 2.2km of North Rd, in
Northeast Valley, on Tuesday, but by evening, 800m of the
fresh paint had been covered by seal.
Mike Costelloe, the Otago Southland general manager of
Downer, which holds the contracts with the council for road
marking in Dunedin and resealing in northern Dunedin, said
staff doing the road marking had got part-way through the job
before noticing the side of the road was marked for
The staff stopped at that point, having already completed
much of the painting.
The mistake was unusual and he did not expect it to recur as
the two teams were aware of each other's schedules and
usually ''co-ordinated pretty well''.
''It's just on this occasion there's been a little bit of an
Council projects engineer Evan Matheson said recently painted
markings had been sealed over previously, although such
incidents were rare, but having it happen on the same day was
''a bit embarrassing''.
He said it would cost between $200 and $300 to repaint the
section. The cost would have to be covered by Downer, which
held the three-year contract, worth $700,000 a year, to paint
road markings across the city.
Road marking was done year round. Resealing took place
between October and March, with roads to be resealed
identified by the council. That information was shared with
contractors, who were left to co-ordinate with each other.
The new seal should be marked within the next few days.