The Canning St end of Fitzroy St was under stop/go conditions yesterday.
The Canning St end of Fitzroy St was under stop/go conditions yesterday. Shannon Newley

Wet weather springs surprise

PATCH-UP jobs on local roads have continued this week with the Canning St end of Fitzroy St undergoing work all day yesterday.

A council spokeswoman said it was a just a day job fixing “pavement failures” and no further work would be carried out there in the immediate future, but more would hopefully commence up the street.

“Near the median strip on Fitzroy St and Albion St there are two big holes from people driving over the soft bitumen,” she said.

“We are looking at getting that done and it is due to commence later in the week but we are waiting for Main Roads to let us know where the traffic light wires are.”

She said Cleary St which had been closed for the last two weeks may have some work done on it by the end of the week if the weather held out.

“We are going to start draining it on Thursday,” she said.

“We will be putting more drainage in there to help it dry out a bit, it is just to wet to work on at the moment.”

Director Engineering Services Peter See said he wasn’t sure how long Cleary St would take to dry out and the damage was a result of prolonged wet weather.

“We are getting springs breaking out throughout the road network,” he said.

“These are not generally flood damage but are a consequence of the extensive wet weather we experienced. There is no way to predict them.”

A Main Roads spokeswoman said they also had a range of projects around the region.

“Currently, we have crews working on the New England Hwy between Warwick and Stanthorpe to repair the road surface at Thulimbah and the Summit,” she said.

“On the Cunningham Hwy we are working on scheduled maintenance and will be moving along sections between Warwick and Cunningham’s Gap.

“At each of these sites we expect minimum delays. We thank motorists for their patience while we continue this important rehabilitation and repair work and remind them to obey the changes in traffic conditions.”

Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) Mayor Ron Bellingham was headed to the Gap – where traffic was still under stop/go conditions and experiencing delays – this morning for a briefing from Main Roads.



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