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Slippery pavers to be made safer

Paula Hulburt

A $2 million slippery predicament is set to be solved – by steam cleaning.

Slippery-when-wet pavers in Blenheim and Picton have posed a safety threat for unwary pedestrians.

Rather than replace the perilous pavers, Marlborough District Council bosses have agreed to put forward a re-sanding plan.

All glazed clay stones will also be re-sanded and daubed with a more slip-resistant coat

People have slipped when the pavers become wet. Photo: Supplied.

The move follows complaints from pedestrians who have reported fall related injuries.

Council’s Assets and Services Committee today agreed, subject to council approval next month, to take the proposal to the next stage.

Assets and services manager Richard Coningham says the pavers needed to be more “slip resistant”.

Installed in many towns and cities during the 1990’s and 2000’s, the walkways had been treated in the past.

But improved methods mean the pavers are ripe for a makeover.

“ … we now have access to improved treatments which will provide longer term resistance.

“While the treatment option is not a permanent fix and is likely to need reapplying every four to six years; it is the most cost effective”, Richard says.

The clay footpaths will need replacing in 20 years at a replacement cost of about $2 million, Richard says.

Treating the problem now and replacing later was a more “cost effective” option, he says.

“As most of the clay footpath paving in Blenheim and Picton’s CBDs is more than 20 years old, it’s likely that it will be replaced within the next 20 years, making treating now and replacing in the future the most cost-effective option.

“We know a number of people in Blenheim and Picton have suffered injuries after slipping over on the pavers, especially when it is wet.

“It’s great that we have a solution to reduce this from occurring in future”, he says.

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