Money wasted on roads
To the Editor,
Last week I travelled to town from my cottage on Haliburton Lake using Harburn Road. I noticed the road repair work in progress and noted the road crew was not tamping down the asphalt repair material into the potholes but simply piling the repair material into the holes and relying on passing vehicles to compact the material into the holes.
The result was road repair material comprised of fine stone and asphaltene to be spread all over the road, with less material being left in the hole.
At our Haliburton Lake AGM this year our local councillor and the mayor advised that more of our cottage roads were being returned to gravel only, primarily because of maintenance costs. The most expensive component of road repair is the asphaltene combined with fine stone. This method that was being used both wasted this very expensive material and labour due to less material in the holes.
The road crew when questioned on this explained this was how they were instructed to carry out this work. I was advised by our local councillor to contact the county, which I did, but to date no response.
As well as all this waste, all the vehicles passing were, as well as spreading the material over the entire road, covering their vehicles in asphalt spotting. If maintenance costs are resulting in local roads reverting to gravel, why the waste? Politicians, wake up.