Local resident Rolly Payne is sick of the continual roadworks.
Local resident Rolly Payne is sick of the continual roadworks.

Freestone Rd roadworks 'poorest excuse ever'

IT IS not just Freestone residents and motorists who consider the recent repairs of Freestone Rd to fall well below the standard with Southern Downs Regional Council's director of engineering Peter See dubbing them the worst he has ever seen.

The Freestone Rd roadworks are being carried out by a Main Roads contractor.

But Mr See said that would not stop him from ensuring they were done up to scratch.

"I have on a number of occasions spoken to the consultants looking after that work and said to them that it was not good enough," Mr See said.

"It is the poorest excuse for roadworks that I have ever seen."

Mr See said he was in discussions with Main Roads to have the road once again fixed.

This will also include removing the solid white line which has been painted down the middle of the road, causing much confusion to residents.

The topic of the condition of the region's roads was raised in the council meeting, which was held in Stanthorpe on Wednesday, while Mr See was delivering his department's monthly report.

Mr See told the council that he hoped all the repairs from the 2010/2011 floods would be finished come Christmas time.

"At the end of all this we will have spent close to $40 million (mostly government money plus council labour costs) but we won't see any difference to the look of our road network," Mr See said.

"Which is how it should be, as the money from the government was only to repair damage, but what the council needs to do is look to the future and consider how we are going to manage the 3000km of roads they have."

Mr See said one of the reasons the road repairs were failing was because the roads were so old.

"In my opinion the roads are falling apart," he said.

"When they fix one part they disturb the next."

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