Potholes plague local motorists
THE deteriorating condition of a number of roads in the region thanks to Queensland’s lengthy wet season is still a hot topic in the community .
The Daily News yesterday reported on the unusually high number of potholes on the roads in and around Warwick, with some of the notorious spots identified as Cleary St, Freestone Rd and Fitzroy St.
Churchill Dr, not far from the McCahon Bridge which went under water in the floods, was yesterday added to the list by a Warwick motorist.
A Transport and Main Roads (TMR) spokeswoman said earlier this week it was not just Warwick which was suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters that have hit Queensland in the past few months.
“To put things into perspective, the floods and Cyclone Yasi affected 9170km of state-controlled roads, which is the same as the distance between Brisbane and China,” she said.
While many of our local roads are in disrepair, TMR said there was extensive work to be done on cyclone and flood-affected roads right across Queensland.
“Statewide, our road crews have been working around the clock to fill potholes, resurface roads and, in some cases, rebuild complete sections of road that had been literally washed away by floodwaters,” the spokeswoman said.
There are four full-time maintenance teams located in the Southern Downs and TMR said these teams worked with local authorities to identify and prioritise emergency repairs.
“It can be very difficult to get out to damaged areas and for restoration and patching works to be successful in continuous wet weather,” she said.
“Once the roads dry out, we’ll be out there planning for and delivering more permanent repairs for the people of Warwick.”
Earlier this week council said required repairs across the region could take up to two years to restore roads to their pre-flood condition and urged motorists to always drive to the conditions.