“Jetpack (Flocon) repair trucks are not used by Roads and Maritime in the Sydney metropolitan region to carry out asphalt and concrete road surface repairs,” she says.
“The trucks have been used on bitumen surfaces for minor and temporary repairs in rural and regional NSW.
“These repairs involve applying heated bitumen to potholes with aggregate laid across the surface to prevent bitumen from adhering to the tyres of vehicles.
“This aggregate may initially appear loose across the road surface but will either form part of the roadway or be swept to the roadside by the movement of traffic within 24 to 48 hours after the repair is completed.”
Pothole repairs program
In the case of Byron Shire Council, the trucks are on a six-week intensive patching program to fix potholes caused by road surfaces drying out and breaking up in the current drought conditions.
Gold Coast rider Steve McMillan says he almost crashed in a pothole repair at Wooyung and heard of a couple who crashed their Harley in a slippery patch in the middle of a corner near Byron Bay.
“I have hit the exact same type of repair on a left-hand bend near Wooyung NSW which sent me across on to the wrong side of the road and into the gravel and a slow crash into soft shoulder fortunately with only minor damage,” he says.
“Let’s be honest if there was a car coming the other way when I slid across the centre line, well we all know the answer to that scenario.”
He says no attempt was made to sweep away the loose ball-bearing-sized blue metal stones.
It’s called “cracker dust” or decomposed granite and is commonly used as a base under artificial lawn, pathways and driveways.
“Notice it is to be used under, not on top of the road and left there to kill motorcycle riders,” says Steve.
“Where the heck is the duty of care from the repair contractors?”