Resident Bob Keogh stands in roadside divot on Warner St, which he said could cause a serious accident.
Resident Bob Keogh stands in roadside divot on Warner St, which he said could cause a serious accident. Jayden Brown

Rosenthal Heights local says road is a risk

A ROSENTHAL Heights resident is urging council to fix a narrow section of Warner St that has been damaged in recent rain.

Bob Keogh said the narrow strip of Warner St, between Dight St and the top of the hill, is one of the most dangerous sections of road in the Rose City.

"If someone got in one of the potholes on the side of the road they'd end up over the hill," he said.

Mr Keogh said before amalgamation the former Rosenthal Shire Council conducted roadworks on Warner St, but failed to widen or address drainage concerns on this particular section of the street.

"It needs to be fixed up to be made safe," he said.

"It should definitely be widened and it certainly needs to be finished properly."

The concerned resident said he had reported the problems with the road to the Southern Downs Regional Council's hotline a month ago.

Southern Downs Regional Council maintenance works manager Chris Whitaker said the council was unaware of any complaints made about the section of road.

"An extensive search through council's customer request system reveals no complaints relating to the sealed section of Warner Street has been received between July 2013 and the present," he said.

Mr Whitaker said a council inspection found no potholes on the road, but there was some bitumen drop-off on the shoulder. "There is some bitumen edge drop-off on to the shoulder, which has been included on our maintenance program within the next few weeks," he said.

"Unfortunately this maintenance work may not be completed prior to Christmas."

Mr Keogh said the road was still dangerous."Some of these potholes on the edge of the road could cause a serious accident," he said.

"If you hit them at speed you could do yourself a serious injury."

Mr Whitaker said there was more than 3000km of roads in the Southern Downs region, which made regular inspections of every road difficult.

"It is difficult for council road inspectors to check all roads on a daily basis," he said.

"Residents are encouraged to report accurate information about issues relating to the road network using council's Customer Services Centres on 1300 MYSDRC (1300 697 372)."

The council has forwarded requests to have the road widened to the capital works planning department.



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