Rocket Roger’s Road Report
Report as of September 3rd, 2013
One of our avid triathletes locally is going to keep us abreast of the road conditions around the area to let us know of how things are shaping up for construction.
On the long weekend, we toured the whole course.
We focused only on the right hand lane because the bikes only use that one lane and on both lanes on North Portage since the bikes use both lanes, one going out and the other returning. The Roads are generally in excellent condition with a few local issues.
- South Portage has had the finishing coat put on the parts that were reconstructed last year and is in excellent condition. At the 5.3 km mark (from Brunel Rd) there is a rough section with some long cracks that needs some work, but otherwise is in good shape.
- The District top coated the road earlier this year and the roads have been pounding it down all summer. This is the way that the District has to do roads for longevity.
Dwight Beach Road
is generally in excellent condition except for the following:
- the very rough section between the 0.4-0.6 km mark (from South Portage Rd);
- some pot holes at the 1.1 km mark have been filled in with cold patch, but if you can avoid it, do so for comfort.
- THE FIX: at the 0.4-0.6 km mark will have a fresh lift of asphalt that was applied two weeks ago. As of today, it is much more rideable than before when it was fresh. I would suggest sticking to the tracks where the cars drive down, and be careful of the culvert heave at the bottom of the road. We will have signage and paint out there on the days leading up to the race indicating areas that are still of concern and where to avoid.
- PLEASE TRY TO STICK TO SINGLE FILE GOING DOWN THIS STRETCH OF ROAD TO ALLOW FOR QUICK ADJUSTMENTS TO THE LEFT AND RIGHT, AND AMPLE SPACE BETWEEN CYCLISTS
North Portage/Canal Rd:
- there’s a rough section at the 0.9 km mark (from South Portage Rd); a big pothole and several small ones at the intersection in front of the Portage Inn;
- just watch the expansion joints as you cross the bridge right near Deerhurst
- on the way out around 7km, there is a very steep hill. It has that rubber crack filler in it. Unless it is a warm day, don’t worry about it. Go down full speed, and if you have room stick closer to the middle of the lane. One last tip, cross that patch stuff as perpendicular as you can.
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