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Surface Asphalt On Bath Road To Be Replaced

December 5, 2012

Starting Monday, Dec. 10, sections of Bath Road between Queen Mary Road and Centennial Drive will receive surface grinding in preparation for the surface asphalt to be replaced in the spring of 2013. The interim work to improve road safety on areas of the road indicating early deterioration should be completed next week (weather-permitting).

"This asphalt has been tested and is showing signs of early deterioration. The asphalt work on Bath Road is under warranty, so this work will be completed at no cost to the City," says Mark Van Buren, Director of Engineering.

Lane closures and subsequent traffic delays are anticipated. However, crews will be working in the lane least impacted by peak travel times. Access to businesses will be maintained at all times.

 

In October, the City began testing of the new asphalt its contractor laid on Bath Road this past spring. The tests showed the asphalt, intended to last approximately 20 years, would have a lifespan of only three to five years. The asphalt pavement is beginning to show signs of flushing and rutting. Flushing is a condition where the liquid asphalt migrates to the pavement surface so that sections of the road look black with a distinctive sheen.

"The concern is not only for the premature deterioration of the asphalt, but also the potential reduction of surface friction that could be a road safety concern," says Van Buren.

The most deteriorated sections of the asphalt between Queen Mary Road and Centennial Drive will be receiving a light grinding starting Monday. Crews will then return in the spring to replace the layer of surface asphalt along the entire section of Bath Road between Queen Mary Road and Centennial Drive.

"We have every confidence the contractor will complete the Bath Road work to their usual high standard," says Van Buren off Cruickshank, the contractor performing this work. This company did the original work on Bath Road and has a successful track record of doing projects for the City.

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Media contact information:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300.