Concerns about the road condition at Fairwinds Avenue and Ocean Drive Lakewood

Road at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Fairwinds Avenue at Lakewood.

Road at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Fairwinds Avenue at Lakewood.

My wife and I have lived permanently in Fairwinds Estate for the past 15 years. During that period, the condition of the road drainage and surfacing on both sides of the intersection of Ocean Drive and Fairwinds Avenue has been over looked by Council. It would appear to me to be a simple matter to adjust the negative falls and repair the road surface allowing for the water to run into the exiting gutter drains.

Every time it rains, the movement of traffic through water laying in this intersection has caused the bitumen surface to deteriorate further.

I took some photographs, wrote to council, enclosing A4 photographs and requested this matter be brought to the councillors’ notice. A reply from council said the site was considered to be a low priority. 

Forgive me for assuming that this problem would never have seen the time of day if I had not brought it to council’s attention. There is a bus stop adjacent to and North of Fairwinds Avenue. The water hazard has to be negotiated by school children as well as aged adults etc, as there are no footpaths either.

I falsely assumed that it would have been obvious for the surfacing contractor to do this minimal amount of work as part of their contract, similar to their upgrade at the intersection of Ocean Drive and Sirius Drive. It would appear that this work was part of the Ocean Drive contract. The cost for council to provide the same equipment as the contractor has available and do the work, would astound me.

Carl Metcalfe, Lakewood.

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