St Helena : St Helena HELPING ROADS SECTION HELP YOU
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 09.12.2012 (Article Archived on 23.12.2012)
The Roads Section’s core purpose is the provision and maintenance of the Island road network. This is a big task, with 45 miles of main roads and over 20 miles of other government roads -
HELPING ROADS SECTION HELP YOU
The Roads Section’s core purpose is the provision and maintenance of the Island road network. This is a big task, with 45 miles of main roads and over 20 miles of other government roads - totalling over ˝ million square metres of surfacing. In addition there are signs, bridges, drains, walls, railings, and a huge length of verges to maintain. Even with the Roads Project providing additional resources, the task of bringing the roads up to the expected standard is immense.
To help bring the Island’s road network up to a better standard there are some really simple things that drivers and residents can do to help us help you:
New Road Surfaces
New road surfaces are more fragile than older road surfaces. To help the surface bed-in and prevent early failures drivers can help by:
· Driving Slowly – less than 20mph
· Driving smoothly
· Avoid hard braking
· Avoid harsh acceleration – especially wheel spin
· Turn carefully, especially avoiding turning the wheels while stationary
These simple actions not only help the road last longer, but also reduce wear and tear on your vehicle.
Trees and Shrubs Overhanging the Highway
Trees and shrubs overhanging the road can look unsightly and, if the overgrowth is bad enough, can be a danger to traffic. Where the vegetation is growing in the road verge, Roads Section has a programme to clean the verges. However, where vegetation is growing on private property, it is the responsibility of the landowner.
The Roads Section is grateful to everyone who does ensure that their trees and shrubs do not overgrow the highway, and asks that all residents and businesses ensure at all times that trees and shrubs, including flax, do not cause a nuisance by overhanging the highway. This will free up time for the core business of maintaining the roads.
Mud, Oil etc, on the Highway
Mud and oil on the road is a danger to road users, but more than that - if left for long enough, it can damage the road surface. Oil and Bitumen start in the same place deep underground, but there the friendliness ends; leaving oil on a bitumen road will make the surface brittle, reduce the life expectancy of that road and can cause potholes. Similarly, mud can encourage plants whose roots can find their way through the road surface causing cracks - encouraging the constant enemy: water.
And, as you would expect anywhere else: if you make a mess it is your responsibility to clear it up – please don’t leave it for someone else.
3 December 2012