Cleary St has been cut to motorists due to severe water damage. Photo: Kerri Burns-Taylor
Cleary St has been cut to motorists due to severe water damage. Photo: Kerri Burns-Taylor

Crumbling roads

SIX months after devastating floods wreaked havoc on the Rose City, motorists are still having to endure bumpy travel over crumbling roads or in some cases seek alternate routes to their destination.

Yangan resident Margaret Lyons has condemned the disruption caused by continual works, calling for a long-lasting solution to the ongoing problem.

“Haven’t the powers that be worked out that continually patching a road does not work?” she asked.

Mrs Lyons said the patches seem to succumb to the rigours of heavy traffic, particularly as the road has become a major route to the quarry and abattoir in Yangan.

Mrs Lyons suggested going back in time may provide the answer to the ongoing problems and would allow for some insight into how the Romans constructed their roads.

“Surely in our technological age it is reasonable to expect roads to be built correctly,” she said.

“The Romans built roads in Great Britain approximately 2000 years ago which the British still drive on.”

A Transport and Main Roads (TMR) spokesman said emergency works have been carried out at Yangan Road in recent weeks to bring the road to a safe condition for all vehicles.

Mrs Lyons’ suggestion of time travel to fix the roads was rubbished by the spokesman, who said road usage today was entirely different to that of 2000 years ago.

“Luckily for the Romans, they did not have to deal with a large number of vehicles regularly using their roads,” he said.

“Nothing the Romans had compared to the impact of hundreds of semis.”

The spokesperson said the extended wet season has weakened a large number of roads in the area, making them more susceptible to damage.

“We do everything we can to make sure people can get from A to B, even if this means diversions or restricted conditions are sometimes put in place,” he said.

“While locals may use Yangan Road to move goods, produce and livestock, this is not a double B route for extremely large trucks.”

TMR has made a submission for funding under the government’s restoration program for final works on Yangan road to provide more permanent repairs.

Town roads are also buckling under the pressure, with access to Cleary St restricted and the eastern end of Fitzroy St set to receive a total reconstruction.

Drainage work at Cleary St is set to commence within two weeks, with the road to be close for “at least a few weeks”.

The repairs are likely to be temporary fixes first with a more permanent solution to follow at some stage.

Council has previously said the section of Fitzroy St had reached the end of its life due to repeated flood damage and a decision on what work is to occur and when should be reached next week.



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