Bumping around Warwick
A DRIVE around Warwick has become a rough and bumpy endeavour of late, with many streets riddled with potholes.
And it seems Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) is struggling to deal with the extra workload the damaged roads have created, with staff doing extensive overtime and extra workers being assigned to flood-damaged areas.
Problem spots that have been identified throughout the region other than highways include Freestone Rd, Cleary St and Fitzroy St.
SDRC director of engineering Peter See said he would meet with supervisory staff this week to develop strategies on how to deal with the extensive workload.
“All staff are working every work day and are doing extensive overtime to attempt to catch up,” Mr See said.
Some areas are in need of more than a touch-up, with one of the streets hit hardest by flooding in need of a complete overhaul.
The eastern end of Fitzroy St suffered widespread inundation in both floods which has had a dramatic effect on the condition of the road.
“Fitzroy St is to be reconstructed,” Mr See said.
“It has reached the end of its life and the two recent floods have not been kind to it.
“There are massive failures along the edge of Cleary St and this will be fixed as part of the flood damage works.”
Mr See conceded that roads across the entire region were in “fair to poor condition” and said getting the roads back to their pre-flood state would be a lengthy process.
“It will take at least two years to restore the road network to what it was before last October when the extensive wet season began,” he said.
“Council has employed some extra temporary labourers to do specific flood works.”
Mr See said due to the fact it would take a long time to overcome the damage, people should always drive to the road conditions and not just the posted speed limits.
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Some of the roads experiencing a large number of potholes include:
- Fitzroy St
- Cleary St
- Freestone Rd