This year 380 of our suburban streets will be resurfaced as part of Council’s $100 million road resurfacing program

Recently I put to work a new state-of-theart,eco-friendly road paving machine which will be used to help deliver our Smoother Suburban Streets program this financial year.

This year we are making a record investment to resurface Brisbane’s roads and this new machine will be a valuable tool in helping us achieve what is equivalent to more than one road resurfaced every day.

This new asphalt paver will allow more efficient, faster and better quality resurfacing right across Brisbane.

Unfortunately our roads have experienced a ‘loss of life’ due to some of the very heavy rainfall events we’ve had in recent years and this investment will renew the life of many suburban streets and provide motorists with a smoother ride.

Whether you’re making a short trip to the shops, or a longer commute to the kids sporting games on the weekend, good roads mean less wear and tear on vehicles, safer journeys and more enjoyable drives.

By continually investing in road network resurfacing, we will improve the longevity of our road network and delivers value-formoney for ratepayers.

Council’s new paving machine runs on low sulphur fuel which limits greenhouse gas emissions, has lower fuel consumption and a touch screen operation. The machine is also less noisy during operation.

What many people might not know is that Council recycles old asphalt from road surfaces into new road surfacing mix, as part of our commitment to being Australia’s most sustainable city.

Each year more than 56,000 tonnes of recycled asphalt is used, making up 20 per cent of asphalt raw material and delivering an additional benefit of a $3 million saving for ratepayers.

I am also investing $5.1 million on improved line markings, footpath reconstruction, and kerb and channel maintenance.

There are 15 roads receiving more than $1 million each in road resurfacing works in 2015-16 with the following schedule to commence in the next three months:

• Archerfield Road, Darra
• Honour Avenue, Chelmer
• Milton Road, Milton
• Nudgee Road, Banyo/Northgate
• Old Cleveland Rd, Carina/Coorparoo
• Pinelands Road, Sunnybank Hills
• Scrub Road, Carindale
• Wynnum Road, Wynnum

I’d like to ask residents to let Council know about road maintenance issues by contacting Council on 3403 8888.