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New road potholed

Wednesday, 11th August, 2010

* A section of roadway in Thomas Street completed only 12 months ago has started to crack and fail. * A section of roadway in Thomas Street completed only 12 months ago has started to crack and fail.

Parts of the Thomas Street roadway have started to crumble only 12 months after they were laid.

A section of Thomas Street in front of the hospital was replaced last year. The street was widened so that 29 extra car parks could be created along the busy stretch, which also includes two private medical practices.
The work was done by City Council and a local contractor. It was delayed at the time due to heavy rain.
The project was finished last August.
Today, cracks are appearing and potholes have broken open in the smooth new roadway. Some of them seem to be seeping water from underneath.
Council's Infrastructure Manager Paul DeLisio said there were sections of the road that were obviously failing.
"We're in the process of addressing that," he said.
Makeshift repairs undertaken recently had failed, he said, and major repairs were planned for the next couple of weeks.
The road's sub-base has failed, causing the problem, despite quality control measures that were in place during construction.
Council doesn't know why the road has failed, nor where the water is coming from.
The Thomas Street reconstruction was part of a parcel of works completed by Council and the contractor.
Mr DeLisio said the work had been generally quite good, but that this failure had been disappointing.
While it was too early to say for sure, Mr DeLisio did not anticipate repairs to incur any major cost.

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