TMR on road to pay­out

Driv­ers seek com­pen­sa­tion af­ter botched re­seal­ing dam­ages cars

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS - By MELINDA BRAD­FORD

THE Depart­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads is fac­ing com­pen­sa­tion claims from mo­torists who al­lege their ve­hi­cles were dam­aged along a newly re­sealed sec­tion of the high­way south of Childers.

Mo­torists say chunks of bi­tu­men lit­tered the road to the main street of Childers af­ter the sur­face failed to ad­here when it was laid late on Thurs­day.

Wit­nesses say the prob­lem caused a “mess” in the town cen­tre overnight.

The Town & Coun­try un­der­stands cracked wind­screens, stone chips in paint­work and other is­sues were found in ve­hi­cles driven over the sec­tion of the road, from about 200m south of the Luck­etts Rd in­ter­sec­tion to about 200m south of the Butch­ers Rd in­ter­sec­tion.

Cal­tex Childers man­ager Jonathan Kar­powski watched the scene un­fold overnight while work­ing at his ser­vice sta­tion.

“It was bad. The whole road came up all the way to town, it was chunks of tar,” Mr Kar­powski said.

“Out the front of my drive­way it was stuck two inches thick. Gluggy masses were drip­ping off trucks when they pulled up,” he said.

“Some­one’s stuffed up re­ally bad. That gravel was dragged kilo­me­tres and kilo­me­tres.”

Isis Tyre Ser­vices said it had re­ceived at least six calls from “an­gry”

❝ Jonathan Kar­powski Cal­tex Childers man­ager The whole road came up all the way to town, it was chunks of tar

cus­tomers whose ve­hi­cles had been dam­aged by the gravel.

Mary Byrne said loose gravel had flicked up and lodged un­der her brakes, but her ve­hi­cle es­caped per­ma­nent dam­age.

“There was all this loose gravel on the road, you could hear it flick­ing up un­der your car,” she said.

Ms Byrne ques­tioned the tim­ing of the work.

“It was the first day of school hol­i­days, a lot of car­a­vans were com­ing through, it was very busy,” she said.

“It was un­nec­es­sary. It was a very bad de­ci­sion of who­ever was in charge of it,” she said.

A TMR spokesman said a de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the sur­fac­ing is­sues had be­gun.

The spokesman con­firmed there had been in­quiries about com­pen­sa­tion.

“We con­sider all claims for com­pen­sa­tion to be se­ri­ous and will work with the constructor to in­ves­ti­gate each claim on a case-by-case ba­sis,” they said. “A rig­or­ous process en­sures all claims are as­sessed equally.”

TMR said cor­rec­tive works had been done un­der­taken to sta­bilise the road.

“Loose stones car­ried by ve­hi­cles out­side of the project site were also re­moved, in­clud­ing those in the main street,” the re­sponse said.

TMR said mo­torists seek­ing com­pen­sa­tion should sup­ply a Statu­tory Dec­la­ra­tion de­scrib­ing de­tails of the in­ci­dent.

Phone TMR on 4154 0200, write to Locked Bay 486, Bund­aberg, Qld, 4670, or email bund­aberg.of­fice@main­roads.qld.gov.au.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

TIM­ING QUES­TIONED: Traf­fic queues south of Childers as a re­sult of road seal­ing, which driv­ers claim led to dam­age to their ve­hi­cles.

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