DSC un­happy with the Cape road­works

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

THE Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil has ex­tended the de­fects li­a­bil­ity pe­riod on road­works done on Cape Tribu­la­tion Rd by three months.

In­fra­struc­ture Man­ager Michael Kriede­mann ex­plained that in the months fol­low­ing the works, the coun­cil was “not sat­is­fied that the com­pleted road­works meet the re­quired stan­dard of road con­struc­tion.

“The ex­ten­sion of the de­fects li­a­bil­ity pe­riod will en­able Coun­cil to con­duct fur­ther test­ing and anal­y­sis of the tech­ni­cal as­pects of the road­works and dis­cuss any pos­si­ble rec­ti­fi­ca­tion works which may be re­quired of the con­trac­tor,” he said.

In the weeks fol­low­ing the road­works there were a num­ber of com­plaints about ve­hi­cle dam­age as a re­sult of loose stones.

Lawrence Ma­son of Cape Tribu­la­tion, whose ve­hi­cles suf­fered dam­age from loose stones and tar stick­ing to the paint said he wasn’t sur­prised the shire was ex­tend­ing the main­te­nance pe­riod.

“Of course they are un­happy; it is a ter­ri­ble re­seal and will be slip­pery in wet weather be­cause large parts of it are stripped in the wheel tracks, where grip is needed most,” he said.

A num­ber of other lo­cals also told the that they had lost time or money re­pair­ing their ve­hi­cles.

Rob La­paer of Rain­for­est Hide­away said he “spent quite a few hours ev­ery day with turps clean­ing tar off my car” in the week af­ter the works were done.

When orig­i­nally re­ported by the in early Septem­ber, the DSC said “the re­seal works in all lo­ca­tions was com­pleted to Aus­tralian and Queens­land De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads stan­dards.”

How­ever at the time, gen­eral man­ager of op­er­a­tions Nick Well­wood said that there is­sues in some ar­eas with new stones be­ing ‘em­bed­ded’ in bi­tu­men on some sec­tions of road.

The ex­ten­sion of the de­fects li­a­bil­ity pe­riod now takes the pe­riod to Fe­bru­ary 3 2017.

Mr Kriede­mann said it was too early to tell if fur­ther re­pairs would need to be car­ried out over that pe­riod. “This will be de­ter­mined by Coun­cil over the next three months.

Lawrence Ma­son

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.