Surface tension

Surface tension

Surface tension

First published in Letters by

THE Tour de France is coming soon, as we all know.

I live in the Bishopthorpe Road area of York, and wonder if the stretch of road between Butcher Terrace and Campleshon Road will be resurfaced, or at least repaired in time for the riders to go by?

If not, I envisage lots of cyclists coming off their bikes with all the loose gravel there is on this stretch. At the moment the gravel is under all the cars.

Any biker or cyclist will tell you how dangerous loose gravel can be. It's like riding on marbles.

Let's hope this gets sorted out before the race, this part of Bishopthorpe Road has not been repaired for years. Hasn't the council thought of this? The council is moving all the cars so the tour can proceed, but this road is bad.

Mrs J Dawson, Butcher Terrace, York.

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4:37am Thu 5 Jun 14

Magicman! says...

Too right. But the key cause of the problem is that a few years ago the council of the time decided the best road suaface to use was 'loose chippings', also known as the "poor mans road surface". The idea is that as cars pass over it, the heat from the tyres bonds together the asphalt particles - BUT cars don't pass evenly over the entire width of the surface, so this means the lesser-used areas of the road never bond together and so you might as well have poured driveway gravel onto the road. Dodsworth Avenue is the same, and even though Stockton Lane was only done a few months ago that is now going the same way. Loose Chippings is a false economy, it hides underlying faults in the road surface which then only reopen again and render the money spent on the chippings void. Plus the surface only really lasts 2-3 years... so a better use of money is to spend twice as much on a PROPER road surface that lasts 2, 3, or even 4 times longer.
Too right. But the key cause of the problem is that a few years ago the council of the time decided the best road suaface to use was 'loose chippings', also known as the "poor mans road surface". The idea is that as cars pass over it, the heat from the tyres bonds together the asphalt particles - BUT cars don't pass evenly over the entire width of the surface, so this means the lesser-used areas of the road never bond together and so you might as well have poured driveway gravel onto the road. Dodsworth Avenue is the same, and even though Stockton Lane was only done a few months ago that is now going the same way. Loose Chippings is a false economy, it hides underlying faults in the road surface which then only reopen again and render the money spent on the chippings void. Plus the surface only really lasts 2-3 years... so a better use of money is to spend twice as much on a PROPER road surface that lasts 2, 3, or even 4 times longer. Magicman!
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