Resurfacing Porirua's roads
Porirua City Council maintains around 251km of roading network through an annual resurfacing programme and on-going maintenance.
Chip seal is used in most instances, as per Council policy, to improve the life and value for money of our roads.
Asphalt is used in areas of high-stress such as cul-de-sac turning circles and busy intersections.
This year's road resurfacing programme 2022-2023
Our crews have been working through the nights over the past few months to resurface a number of key intersections and stretches of road in Porirua City.
What have we done so far?
- CBD - the roundabout intersection of Parumoana St and Wi Neera Drive
- CBD - the Parumoana St intersection with the Te Whakawhitianga roundabout (alongside Pak 'n' Save)
- CBD, Semple St – between Titahi Bay Road and Parumoana St
- Titahi Bay east/west - intersections with Hagley St, Semple St and Lyttleton Ave
- Makaro Street, Elsdon
- Kotuku St, Elsdon – Mohuia Cres to Hukatai St
- Kenepuru Drive, - from the TG roundabout north to around #15 Kenepuru Drive
- Kenepuru Drive from the Ambulance Drive roundabout south to the Raiha St roundabout (to connect with the resurfacing done recently as part of the TG link road)
- Heriot Drive, Elsdon – Prosser to Police Station
- Spinnaker Drive, Whitby – Leeward Drive to SH58, and Discovery Drive to Hicks Close
- Discovery Drive, Whitby – from just past The Companionway intersection to join with the area resealed last year (just before Exploration Way)
- Navigation Drive, Whitby, between Scoresby Grove and Botany Lane
NB: The section of Kenepuru Drive between #15 and Titahi Bay Road roundabout is not included as the area is due to be redeveloped to improve the intersection at Lower Main Drive as part of a bigger project.
What's still to come?
The following roads, or sections of road, are currently in the proposed 2022/23 road resurfacing programme to be delivered during the upcoming summer months (weather and resources permitting).
This programme will be updated as details are confirmed.
- Parumoana St accessway (Harvey Norman carpark)
- Awarua St, Elsdon – full length (April 2023)
- Dimock St, Titahi Bay – Main Rd to Morere St
- Champion St, between York Place and the Mungavin roundabout
- Warspite Ave, Porirua East - Fantame to Corinna
- Mungavin Ave, Ranui – Gloucester St to Hampshire
- Whitford Brown Ave, Papakowhai - 2 sections: Warspite to Routeburn RAB incl. past speed camera
How you can help?
We will need the road clear of all vehicles while these works are underway and 48 hours afterwards to allow road markings to be reinstated once work is complete.
Businesses and residents are requested to please park elsewhere during these times. If a vehicle is left on the road during these times, it will be relocated, with due care, by a towing company. Where possible it will be relocated to a nearby street.
Please note surrounding streets may be set-up for traffic management or have parked machinery/work vehicles involved in this work.
The material used to resurface your street contains bitumen. Bitumen is a sticky black substance that is used throughout the country for road resurfacing works. To avoid tracking bitumen, loose chip or other materials inside, please try to avoid recently sealed surfaces.
We understand roadworks can be disruptive and will endeavour to minimise the impact as much as possible.
Previous road sealing programmes
2021-2022 road sealing programme
We resurfaced the following roads, or sections of road, during the 2021-22 resurfacing programme
- Whitford Brown Ave: from the intersection at The Fjord to Routeburn Ave (Asphalt)
- Raiha St: from # 23 - 60 (Chipseal)
- Papakowhai Road: from # 4 to Brora Cres (Chipseal)
Porirua City Centre (all asphalt)
- Lyttleton Ave: between Hagley St & Heriot Drive intersections (excluding Titahi Bay Road)
- Norrie St: from # 5 to Lyttleton Ave roundabout
- Wi Neera Drive: from Parumoana Road roundabout to Titahi Bay Road intersection
- Roundabouts (all asphalt)
- Lyttleton Ave & Norrie St roundabout
- Lyttleton Ave & Parumoana St roundabout
- Parumoana St & Norrie St roundabout
- Walton Leigh & Trask Place roundabout
- Grays Road: from # 2 - 20 (Asphalt)
- Mungavin Ave & Martin St roundabout (Asphalt)
- Discovery Dr: from # 69G - 132 (Asphalt)
- Joseph Banks Dr: from # 71 - 91a (Chipseal)
- Navigation Dr: from # 2 - 106 (Enviro Seal)
*Please note, Kenepuru Drive and Semple St have been moved to next year's resealing programme due to works planned on both roads this year. This work would have impacted on the new surface so the resurfacing will now be carried out once the construction works are completed.
2020-21 Road sealing programme
Road sealing was completed on the following roads in the 2020-21 programme, which took place during February and March 2021.
Moana Road, Plimmerton:
- Chipsealing between numbers 1 & 59
Postgate Drive, Paremata:
- Asphalting: SH58 to Bosun Tce
- Asphalting: Postgate Drive and Omapere St intersection
- Chipsealing between numbers 16 and 77
- Asphalting of the intersection with Discovery Drive
New approach to resealing intersections for 2021 programme
Asphalting - The structural asphalt being used for busy intersections in this year’s resealing programme is a “new” superior performing product that is the same as the product used on SH58 and Centerport. It has been intentionally designed to cope with poorer road subgrade commonly found on the Porirua network to ensure a longer-term result. The cost difference is insignificant, and it will result in a longer lasting finish that will be better value over its whole of life.
Chip sealing - A new approach to chip sealing some of Porirua’s less busy intersections will be used this year after a trial showed it was effective at reducing chip loss caused by turning vehicles. The new seal is a chip and sand seal combination (a type of Cape Seal), which looks lighter than standard chip seal. It involves applying a two-coat chip seal, followed by a polymer modified bitumen emulsion and a material known as AP5 or crusher dust. This material is less than 5mm in diameter. It can take time to settle and requires a thorough sweep to remove the fine chips and dust, so a standard 30km speed restriction will remain in place during that time. The new seal is more economical than using asphalt, which will still be used on key intersections. We are sharing the trial results with other Councils, with immediate interest from Wellington City.
2019-20 Road sealing programme
The following roads were resealed during the 2019/20 resealing programme
- Bedford Street
- Calliope Crescent
- Toenga Road
- Taumata Road
- Sea Vista Drive
- Downs View Place
- Teihana Road East
- Jillett Street
- Te Puke Street
- John Street
- Gloaming Hill
- Whanake Street
- Wright Street
- Pikarere Street
- Richard Street
- Cannon Lane
- Keel Place
- Spyglass Lane
- Staysail Place
- Shackle lane
- Barque Crescent
- East Albatross Close (2nd coat)
- Bowsprit Way
- Ernest St
- Mitchell Grove
- Ash Grove
- Champion St
- Spruce Grove
- Haunui Street
- Mungavin Ave
- Coroglen Rise
- Plimmerton Drive
Road sealing to optimise the life of Porirua's roading network
Porirua’s annual resealing programme looks to optimise the life of the city’s roading network through cost effective, value for money, maintenance.
The programme is an integral part of the city’s asset management strategy. It is developed from the city’s 30-year forward works programme, which is prioritised through an annual condition rating of the entire network; looking at its age, defects, maintenance costs and future maintenance risks.
Chip seal is considered the best option in most reseal situations in terms of efficiency and function.
Asphalt surfacing is preferred in high-stress areas such as sharp turns, busy intersections and steep grades.
It is important to note that asphalt surfacing is six times more expensive than chip seal but does not give six times the life. It is also more expensive to maintain.
Chip seal consists of a membrane layer of bituminous material followed by stone chip. There are numerous types of chip seal and individual designs to determine the right one to use are done for every road section. The design takes into consideration the current roughness of surface, the volume of average annual daily traffic and likely stress to ensure the final chip seal design used delivers sufficient waterproofing and skid resistance.
**Note: Prior to chipsealing works, residents are given five days notice (which can be weather affected) and roads are swept 48 hours and then 7 days after being chipsealed to allow time for the chips to bed in. Please treat the roads with care during this time.
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