Council discusses novel new road initiative
RESIDENTS on some unsealed roads might be in for some respite, if they are willing to pay.
Clarence Valley Council has developed a policy that allows some community members to
pay for their own “dust seal” outside their house, to limit the effect of dust when driving onto their property.
A “dust seal” is a technique that consists of a single-coat seal applied to a road formation that had been prepared to a minimum standard as determined by the council.
The idea for self-funded sealing was first raised at the March 2019 meeting when council staff were directed to investigate how other councils had offered residents on adjoining properties the opportunity to reduce the impact of dust outside their homes.
Staff outlined a number of issues that would affect the viability of performing the seal including the increase in maintenance costs on the new sealed sections and the many variables involved in determining who was eligible.
There was also potential for the policy to make grading processes less efficient if long stretches of unsealed roads were broken up by intermittent segments of sealed road.
It was decided at Tuesday’s council meeting the policy would go out for community consultation.