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Sections of Echuca roads melt

Extreme heat conditions in the past few days has seen bitumen in Echuca roads soften and bleed.

CHRIS RODDA January 17, 2014 4:04am

The weather has been hot and sticky in more ways than one and Echuca pedestrians have had to wipe molten bitumen and pieces of gravel from the soles of their shoes.

Acting Campaspe Shire chief executive Paul McKenzie said making roads involved laying liquid bitumen then placing gravel on top.

‘‘Drivers in the Echuca CBD would have noticed extreme heat conditions can cause the bitumen in the road surface to soften and in some instances, bleed,’’ he said.

‘‘This is more prevalent in areas that have high traffic volumes, with the constant vehicle movements adding to the heat already in the road surface.

Mr McKenzie said council staff were keeping an eye on the roads and responding when necessary to seal bleeding sections.

‘‘Staff are regularly monitoring the road network. If required, a layer of sand or fine grit is placed over the affected areas.

‘‘(On Wednesday) a layer of grit was placed over affected sections in Hare St and this will continue to be monitored.

‘‘This has been experienced over the past few days, particularly on Hare St, between Anstruther and Pakenham streets, which has recently been resealed.’’

Mr McKenzie said the Hare St surface was more susceptible to bleeding because it was so new but traffic load and the weather were the main factors.

‘‘In very general terms, 12 months is the time frame for a road to fully set, but, again, this is influenced by a myriad of factors,’’ he said.

‘‘As you can appreciate, no two roads are the same.’’

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