Call to fix 'shocking' roads, footpaths

Problems with cracking in the road surface of  Dunbar Pl, Mosgiel, after roadworks. Photos by...
Problems with cracking in the road surface of Dunbar Pl, Mosgiel, after roadworks. Photos by Linda Robertson.

The Dunedin City Council has ignored ''shocking'' roads and footpaths in Mosgiel and some completed work has been substandard, Mosgiel Taieri Community Board members say.

Board chairman Bill Feather said he was concerned about the state of Dunbar Pl after contractors from Downers failed to correctly cover the road with a slurry coat treatment in January and February.

The contractors had not prepared the road before the coat was applied and past defects reappeared, such as cracking and soft depressions.

The defects should have been repaired before the slurry coat was applied, Mr Feather said.

At the most recent board meeting, Mr Feather told council roading projects engineer Evan Matheson Dunbar Pl was in better condition before the contractors began the work.

Mr Matheson said he was unhappy with the work and the contractors would resurface it at no cost to the council.

The contractors should not have applied the slurry coat without more preparation.

The ''oversight'' should have been picked up but was not, he said.

The work would need to wait until after winter.

Mr Feather said certain sections of Factory Rd were ''undulating'' and the road had slumped after it was dug up for past sewerage installation. Consequently, manhole covers were ''sitting proud'' above the road surface.

At the meeting, board member Martin Dillon said Factory Rd was potholed, patched and ''getting out of control''.

''For a main thoroughfare of a town, it is shocking.''

The footpath in Church St, opposite Mitre 10, was in a ''shocking state''.

''It's been like that for a number of years and it's used a lot by the elderly and people are tripping. The potholes are quite large. For one of our main streets, it's quite disgusting.''

The council needed to prioritise more repair work in Mosgiel, he said.

Roading maintenance engineer Peter Standring, speaking at the meeting, said the council ''should be following up and far beyond'' the complaints about the roads and footpaths.

Board deputy chairman Mark Willis asked Mr Standring if the council would provide ''finite'' timelines for completion.

Mr Standring agreed.

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